Tigers miss on BJ Ryan

One of the Tigers’ free agent targets, BJ Ryan is headed to Toronto. New York Daily News reports that Ryan will get $47 million over the next 5 years. We’ll see if this increases the Tigers’ urgency, or price for Kyle Farnsworth. Whether or not the Tigers’ get a true closer isn’t as important as getting more quality arms in the bullpen. Fernando Rodney certainly wasn’t consistent as a closer last year, but the bullpen woes weren’t all because of a lack of a true closer.

I’m not sure that a 5 year contract would have been in the Tigers best interest anways, but if I were to give any available closer 5 years, Ryan would be my choice.


  1. Rob

    November 26, 2005 at 3:33 pm

    Is BJ Ryan really worth almost $50 million? Highest paid reliever in MLB history? Can’t say any reliever is worth that much. I’d rather ink Jarrod Washburn for 3 years and 18-20 million and move Nate Robertson to the pen.

  2. Ian C.

    November 26, 2005 at 6:27 pm

    There was a lot of talk heading into the offseason that Toronto was going to make some big moves. Looks like they’re off to a good start.

  3. Boston Fan in Michigan

    November 26, 2005 at 6:44 pm

    The money I understand, sort of, but giving any closer more than 3 years is crazytalk. Mariano Rivera is a freak of nature, not the norm.

  4. Tim D

    November 27, 2005 at 6:09 pm

    hanks Toronto for setting the market price.

  5. Jeff M

    November 27, 2005 at 9:24 pm

    Is Miguel Batista worth pursuing?

  6. billfer

    November 28, 2005 at 7:37 pm

    Once again with FA signings the question always gets raised – is he worth it? To the Blue Jays he must have been, just like Ordonez last year.

    The only bad thing is that Farnsworth price just went up.

    As for Batista, he’d improve our pen so it would depend on the cost.