So J.P. Ricciardi was fired in Toronto as the General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ricciardi for those of you who have read Moneyball, was schooled in the ways of sabermetrics by Billy Beane and all Jays fans had hoped he would bring that wisdom to the Toronto Blue Jays. While the future started well, Ricciardi seemed to fall apart when Ted Rogers increased his budget and Ricciardi started to throw around money like it was going out of style. Ricciardi complained all of the time about the contract for Carlos Delgado and his $18 million a season and how it hurt the Jays going forward. But Delgado kept hitting 30 homers and driving in 100 runs. Of course Ricciardi made even a worse deal in signing Vernon Wells to a $105 million deal which will hurt the next guy even worse. I wonder if he would not have been better off sticking with the kind of ball he knew that worked in Oakland (of course it isnâ€™t working that well in Oakland lately either). Toronto was never going to outspend New York and Boston and it seemed to fall apart when they tried to go down that route (to be fair, I believe that Ricciardi wanted to let Vernon Wells go but Paul Godfrey wanted to keep him at an insane cost to the future of the Toronto Blue Jays.
In the end, Ricciardi didnâ€™t really improve the Toronto Blue Jays over what Gord Ash had done. When Ricciardi took over he was handed a team that was 22 games above .500 for the previous four seasons. J.P. will hand off a team that is 16 games above .500 for his final four years. Not only that but I find it an odd coincidence that stories about Cito Gaston started the day before Ricciardi was fired. Nothing like taking some shots while packing up your personal belongings.