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Jays land Burnett with five-year, $55M deal

Updated: December 7, 2005, 7:13 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- The Toronto Blue Jays kept up their spending spree on Tuesday by agreeing to terms with starter A.J. Burnett on a $55 million, five-year contract.

The deal was announced at baseball's winter meetings just hours after the team gave general manager J.P. Ricciardi a three-year contract extension to keep him in Toronto through 2010.

"He's got one of the best arms in baseball," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "On any given night, he can shut out. I just think he'll ...

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