quietstorm wrote:They paid Ryan for a single year of amazing performance -- we don't know how he'll perform in the future, and he was just paid for five years of top-notch performance. You don't pay that for a closer, sorry.
sorry sir, but that's not true. ryan has been pretty amazing for 2 years and a half, not only one great year. look it up.
if you are saying that we don't know how he will perform next year cuz it's impossible to know the future, then you are right and all major league teams are dumb to offer any contract to any baseball player, but because i think you meant that ryan doesn't have the track record to be given a multi-year contract, then i'll have to disagree with you. 2 years and a half of outstanding relief pitching from a guy who's 29 year old is a pretty good indication that he can pitch very well for the next 2 or 3 years. he has had no major injuries. i really dunno why some people are so worried about this guy. he'll be fine.
quietstorm wrote:Doesn't surprise me. Yet another dumb deal for the Jays. They overpaid Ryan, they overpaid Burnett, and Nomar will be overpaid by whomever he signs with.
I'm really not understanding this, why were those "dumb" deals? Atleast give some kind of reason as to why that is..
First of all, they improved themselves greatly in both the rotation and the bullpen. They also got the #1 FA starter, and the #2 FA closer. In addition, they got them for market value (you do understand what that is right?). I'm not exactly sure what the problem is...
It's not like the Jays really had a choice either. They either stay with the 50 million dollar payroll, and lose consistantly like they have the past 12 years, or they go for it, and sign the best players available. What's the better option? What makes them the better team? It should be fairly obvious to anybody.
As for Nomar, well if this is true (and it doesn't appear to be anywhere close to done yet), he will greatly help this team if he stays healthy. I mean this is a player who was MVP-caliber only a few years ago. I'd certainly take the low risk-high reward deal (which looks to be about a 2 year deal for 8-12 million). If he comes to Toronto, he will greatly help this team win, and also put more fans in the seats.
As I just said on another thread:
They paid Ryan for a single year of amazing performance -- we don't know how he'll perform in the future, and he was just paid for five years of top-notch performance. You don't pay that for a closer, sorry.
And Burnett? You've got to be kidding me. He's got a 4.26 ERA outside of Miami and a K/BB ratio under 2 at away games. He's had one full year and only three years in which he's qualified for the ERA title. Even with his full stats, he's a number two starter who's injured a lot. With his away stats only, he's a number three or four starter who's being paid over 10 million a year.
I don't care if it makes them better. It severely cripples them in the future. Even if it is the going rate this offseason, that just means you work the trade market and wait until next year.
I already commented on those above comments in the other thread, but as for the comment that these moves cripple the team, are you serious?
Do you know anything about the Toronto Blue Jays organization other than the fact that they have signed two of the top FA's this year? Do you just naturally assume the Jays have an extremely high payroll because of these moves? They've been cheap for 5 years, it's about time they got back into the chase for the AL East. The Jays certainly have the money to spend, they aren't some small market team, it's just a matter of whether Ted Rogers wants to spend it or not.
While I agree that they overpaid for Burnett and Ryan, they had to. I'm pretty sure that FA's these days arent targeting Toronto as a destination spot. In order to get the premier FA's, they had to dish out more money and more yrs. While Ryan and Burnett for the most part are "unproven" (Burnett has had more experience but the injuries linger, Ryan does not have a lot of experience closing), they were still the cream of the crop and had probably the most potential on the market. If these signings do nothing else, they showed the fans of Toronto that the organization is committed to winning. I think the Bluejays next yr will have a season similar to what the Orioles had last season, but with a bit more success.