---The Toronto Blue Jays are ready to go back to the future.
John Gibbons, who managed the team from 2004-08, returned as the manager Tuesday morning, the Blue Jays announced.
Gibbons takes over for John Farrell, whom the Blue Jays traded to the Boston Red Sox last month.
In his only previous major league managerial stint, Gibbons guided the Blue Jays to a 305-305 record. He was fired midway through the 2008 season with the team in last place.
Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said previously that he wanted someone familiar with the organization and the city. Anthopolous was an assistant GM during Gibbons' last stint.
After leaving Toronto, Gibbons, 50, served as the Kansas City Royals' bench coach from 2009-11. This year, he managed Double-A San Antonio, a San Diego Padres affiliate, compiling a 60-80 record.
The Blue Jays dealt Farrell to Boston in exchange for shortstop Mike Aviles, with the Red Sox also receiving right-hander David Carpenter in the deal.
As recently as Saturday, ESPN.com reported that the Blue Jays narrowed their managerial search down to Jim Tracy and Jim Riggleman.
Tracy resigned as Colorado Rockies' manager in October after the club finished 64-98.
Riggleman most recently managed the Cincinnati Reds' Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, Fla. He stepped down as Washington Nationals' manager in the middle of the 2011 season when general manager Mike Rizzo refused to discuss a contract extension with him.
On Monday, multiple media outlets reported that former Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove also was in the mix for the Toronto job.
Gibbons' arrival will cap a busy few days for the Blue Jays.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig finally approved Toronto's blockbuster deal with the Miami Marlins on Monday. The Blue Jays received shortstop Jose Reyes, right-hander Josh Johnson, left-hander Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and utility player Emilio Bonifacio for shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis and four prospects.
Toronto also signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million deal that became official Monday. Cabrera is coming off a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Before his ban, Cabrera hit .346 in 113 games for the San Francisco Giants this year, and he was selected the MVP of the All-Star Game.
---Free-agent pitcher Jeremy Guthrie signed a three-year $25-million deal with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
Guthrie will earn $5 million next season, $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015.
The Royals acquired the 33-year-old during the season from the Colorado Rockies, and he went 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in Kansas City.
The Royals will have a revamped rotation that already includes Ervin Santana and right-hander Chris Volstad.
---A week into the 30-day window for the Los Angeles Dodgers to sign Ryu Hyun-jin, the South Korean left-hander met with the team Monday in Southern California, Yahoo Sports reported.
Ryu, 25, was spotted Sunday attending a Los Angeles Lakers game.
On Nov. 10, the Dodgers won the exclusive rights to negotiate with Ryu, agreeing to pay $25.75 million to his Korean team, the Hanwha Eagles, should they sign the pitcher.
Yahoo Sports described Monday's meeting as "an introductory session," with Ryu attending along with his agent, Scott Boras. The same report indicated that the Dodgers have interest in free agent right-handers Zack Greinke, most recently of the Los Angeles Angels, and Anibal Sanchez, who finished last season with the Detroit Tigers.
Ryu was Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in the Korea Baseball Organization when he was 19 years old. He pitched South Korea to the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics and helped his country reach the finals of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
He went 9-9 with a 2.66 ERA last season for Hanwha, with 210 strikeouts in 182 2/3 innings. In seven years, he has a 2.80 ERA.
---Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa visited five MLB teams over the weekend, and appears to have received offers from 10 Major League teams, according to a Nikkan Sports report.
The report, translated by NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman, said that Fujikawa has eliminated five teams as possibilities.
Fujikawa, 32, has reportedly met with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks. He is seeking a multiyear deal. Because he's a free agent, a posting process isn't required.
In the previous six seasons with the Hanshin Tigers, Fujikawa has 202 saves and a 1.36 ERA. He has also recorded an 0.86 WHIP and 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
---The Seattle Mariners have acquired infielder Robert Andino from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Trayvon Robinson.
Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik made the announcement Tuesday.
Andino, 28, batted .211 with seven home runs in 127 games for the Orioles in 2012. He played second base, third base, shortstop, left field and center field.
Robinson, 25, hit .221 with three home runs.