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A look at J.P. Ricciardi's eight years as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

J.P. Ricciardi holds a jersey after he was introduced as the new general manager in 2001.PETER JONES

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Toronto Blue Jays general manager J. P. Ricciardi watches pitchers and catchers in their first spring-training workout with former manager Buck Martinez on Feb. 18, 2002 in Dunedin, Fla.KATHY WILLENS

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J.P. Ricciardi and manager Carlos Tosca watch batting practice at the team's spring training camp in Dunedin, Fla. on Feb. 25, 2003.FRANK GUNN

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J.P. Ricciardi introduces newly signed player Corey Koskie along with Paul Godfrey at a news conference in Toronto on December 14, 2004.PETER JONES

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Ricciardi signed closing pitcher B.J. Ryan on Nov. 28, 2005. Ryan signed a five-year deal worth $47-million (U.S.).NATHAN DENETTE

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J.P. Ricciardi introduces pitcher A.J. Burnett after signing him to a $55-million, five-year contract on Dec. 6, 2005.TONY GUTIERREZ

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Designated hitter Frank Thomas and J.P. Ricciardi pose with Thomas' new jersey after signing with the team on Nov. 28, 2006. Thomas signed a two-year deal worth $18-million.MIKE CASSESE

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Former president and CEO Paul Godfrey poses with outfielder Alex Rios and second baseman Aaron Hill after general manager J.P. Ricciardi signed both players to multi-year contracts on April 4, 2008.MIKE CASSESE

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Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi introduces new manager Cito Gaston at a news conference in Pittsburgh on June 20, 2008.DAVID DENOMA

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