It’s just like 2008 all over again.
News of possible problems with B.J. Ryan has most if not all of us worried about our $10 million dollar closer. The team is very concerned about recent developments with Ryan’s loss of velocity. Throughout spring training, he’s clocked in around 83-86 MPH, which is off from his usual 87-90 MPH according to the Toronto Star.
If B.J. Ryan stays down in Las Vegas to start the season, one would think this opens the door for Brandon League to start closing games. If that’s the case, I would be very thrilled to see League test-drive the closer position since many people are saying that he is the future closer of the team anyway.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t be too concerned with our closer spending Opening Day down in Las Vegas, but this is a $10 million dollar year arm we’re talking about here. If the Jays are going to spend that much on a closer, they better get their money’s worth. That’s like if you’ve got a Pontiac Grand Am and Cadillac in the garage - you don’t take the Grand Am out for a spin to impress the neighbours. But it’s good to know that if the Cadillac breaks down, the Grand Am is ready and waiting just in case.