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McNeal, Stan
December 2005
Sporting News;12/23/2005, Vol. 229 Issue 51, p16
The article presents information on a new contract of the baseball club Toronto Blue Jays. When the Blue Jays took center stage at the winter meetings to announce the A.J. Burnett, baseball player, signing, there was no holding back the financial terms. Although most clubs prefer to be discreet when it's time to talk dollar amounts, the Blue Jays sounded quite proud to tell the world they would be paying Burnett $55 million for five years of service. The Jays were thrilled to land Burnett one week after they gave closer B.J. Ryan a five-year deal worth $47 million, even though Ryan has been a full-time closer for only one season.


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