Breaking News: B.J. Ryan Cut Loose by Blue Jays; Should Mets Take a Flier?

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2009

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 25 :  Pitcher B. J. Ryan of the Toronto Blue Jays throws in relief against he New York Yankees February 25, 2009 at Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

In a somewhat surprising move today, the Toronto Blue Jays have cut ties with former All-Star relief pitcher B.J. Ryan.

The Blue Jays signed Ryan to a mammoth five-year deal, which was the largest ever for a reliever at the time, following the 2005 season.

Ryan, who was the Blue Jays' closer as recently as this year, has struggled mightily this entire season. In 20.2 innings pitched, Ryan posted an ERA hovering near seven, which is more than double his career ERA (3.37).

Much of Ryan’s troubles can be attributed to a decrease in velocity, which most likely stems from Tommy John surgery he had during the 2007 season.

With the Mets struggling in all areas this season, it may make sense for them to take a flier on the former star pitcher, especially as he's left-handed, to try to add depth to their bullpen.