Sports and my thoughts

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Sports: Jays fill a hole

ESPN is reporting they signed BJ ryan to a 5 year $47 million contract.

B.J. Ryan and the Toronto Blue Jays have reached a preliminary agreement on a $47 million, five-year contract, a high-ranking baseball official told The Associated Press Friday.

Ryan, a left-hander who turns 30 next month, is getting the largest deal given to a reliever, topping the $39.99 million, four-year contract Mariano Rivera had with the New York Yankees from 2001-04. Rivera just completed the first season of a $21 million, two-year deal with the Yankees.

The baseball official spoke on condition of anonymity because Toronto had not yet announced the agreement.

"We're still talking to him," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "To me, this whole thing is premature."

The GM of the Blue Jays says it isn't finalized yet and I hope it isn't. Blue Jays would be grossly over paying for someone who isn't proven yet. I love BJ Ryan and I think he will be a great closer, but he has only done it for one year.


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