It was Dec. 22 and approaching midnight when ESPN analyst Jeff Passan broke the news that not many expected at the time.

The Toronto Blue Jays and left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu had agreed to a four-year, $80-million contract. I was awake and shocked. Ecstatic, but shocked. Ryu, then 32 and coming off a brilliant season, was joining an up-and-coming Jays team.

I immediately knew what the move meant. The Blue Jays front office, the group of executives unfairly chastised and compared to prodigal son Alex Anthopoulos, had done it; landed a big free-agent in what was the most expensive contract…

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