B.J. Ryan Sent Packing
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B.J. Ryan Sent Packing

Well, well, well: less than twenty-four hours after saying they’d listen to trade offers for Roy Halladay, the Toronto Blue Jays have given reliever (and former big-money free agent acquisition) B.J. Ryan his unconditional release. The news comes as a shock, even though Ryan hasn’t been nearly the same pitcher since he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007; it’s certainly odd from a financial standpoint, since the team still owes him upwards of fifteen million dollars. With Ryan gone, Scott Downs seems poised to become the Blue Jays’ everyday closer. Whether the team will create an entrance for him that rivals Ryan’s electrifying charge from the bullpen remains to be seen.