go_jays_go wrote:Well I like Ryan, but I do think it's a bit much. Though if Ryan gives us what he gave to the O's last year, it won't be as bad as some people think. As mentioned, he gives us a actual closer and someone we can rely on. Hopefully Ricciardi has something else in mind for a bat.
We'll see what happens.
I don't think it will be in any way a bad deal for the Jays. I mean $9.4 million is only about a million more than what the most of the top closers in this league get, and it is obvious that the Jays do need to overpay free agents to get them to play here. How do we really know that he would actually sign for less on another team, anyway?
The real troubling part of this contract is the length of 5 years. By 2009 and 2010 (if he still remains on the team), fans may very well look back on this signing as a terrible error on the part of Ricciardi. However, if he is able to help the Jays during the "contention years" (2006-2008) like he's helped the Orioles over these past two years, I consider it a great deal. Sometimes, you just have to throw economics out the window if you want to win in any pro sports league (especially when you are as rich as Ted Rogers), this is primarily true when you have the Yankees and Red Sox in the same division.
This kind of signing will only make Toronto a more attractive destination for free agents, especially Burnett.
Hopefully, the Jays still have some salary room left to sign or trade for a "big bat" and if they are unable to sign Burnett, go for a Millwood/Washburn/Weaver type of pitcher.
For now, I'll just sit back and enjoy today-officially known as the day the Jays outbid the Yankees.