Posted by: Jeremy | July 8, 2009

He gone


So long, Bo Junior

So long, Bo Junior

Jays fans got used to shaky ninth innings in 2008 and the first couple weeks of this season. Then B.J. Ryan was pulled from the closer’s role, put on the disabled list, and brought back to pitch at other points in games, meaning fans got used to shaky fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings as well. Now, he’s no more. According to ESPN.com, Toronto has released the $47 million man, leaving Brandon League the head of late-inning heart attacks. He’s unlikely to disappoint, if last night was any indication.

I’m pretty sure everyone realized a five-year contract was a bit much for a 31-year-old with 42 saves, as Ryan was entering the first year of the deal he signed prior to the 2006 season. Still, coming off a career year and with the Jays in need of a closer with plenty of Ted Rogers’ cash in hand, Toronto gave him what someone else would’ve. B.J. was money in 2006, saving 38 games and posting a 1.37 ERA. Since then, he’s been a nightmare. In 20 2/3 innings this season, Ryan has walked 17, struck out 13 and given up 15 earned runs (good for a tidy 6.53 ERA).

All in all, a move that makes sense for both parties. To go with Ryan’s release, the Jays activated Scotty Downs, who has been nursing a toe injury since mid-June.

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