On November 28, 2005 — Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi signs former Baltimore Orioles standout B.J. Ryan to the richest contract ever for a reliever in a 5-year, $47 million deal. The thirty-year-old’s contract calls for the largest amount of money ever given to a reliever. Ryan, who saved 36 games last season for the Orioles.

Ryan, will have a stellar 2006 saving 38 games with a 1.37 ERA, he will miss almost all of 2007, have a comeback in 2008 and he will be out of baseball after the 2009 season.


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