J.P. Ricciardi replaced by Bob and Doug McKenzie?
"And now Ricciardi is looking for another high-ranking officer/free-agent, making a five-year, $55-million offer to outfielder Brian Giles. The 34-year-old left-handed hitter batted .301 this season with 15 homers and 83 RBIs in 158 games for the San Diego Padres."
$11 million per year for 5 years to a 34-year-old outfielder with no speed, to play in spacious SkyDome? If they wanted to spend THOSE kind of bucks, make the Twins an offer for Torii Hunter.
This on top of the already-consumated signing of B.J. Ryan to a 5-year, $47 million deal.
Ryan has had *1* year as a closer. And although his stats as a closer are in line with his stats as the setup man the prior years, I find that hardly a track record to bestow a 5-year contract upon.
Heck, I shudder at giving ANY pitcher a 5-year deal.
Yes, he may have been the BEST closer on the market (or 2nd best after Wagner), but I highly doubt any other team would have given him 5 years.
And who said the Jays HAD to spend their extra $$$ THIS way. They could have taken on some other team’s salary headache for a player.
If the Jays see a "window of opportunity" with aging NY and Boston clubs … fine. But throwing $102 million at these two players borders on insane.