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    Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have interest in the recently-released B.J. Ryan. The former Blue Jays closer will become a free agent when he clears waivers tomorrow, so any team will be able to pick him up for the major league minimum. The Blue Jays will pay the rest of Ryan's contract, some $15MM over the next year and a half.
    The Cubs could send Ryan to the minors if they sign him, then bring him up as a lefty specialist if they believe he can be effective in the majors again.

    I guess if they do this the cubs won't have to put Marshall in the OF again?



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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    The article says that Marshall would likely then return to the rotation. In place of who in the long run. He could take some of Dempster's starts in the mean time, but what about after that. I'd rather have Wells pitching than Harden at this point.

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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    There's a dirty joke in this thread somewhere, I can feel it on the tip of my tongue...


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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    I think its a safe gamble. Ryan used to be one of the top closers in the game at one point and he surely would be better than Neal Cotts was. Sometimes a change of scenery is all a guy needs to be revitalized. Just look at Scott Eyre last year. He sucked with the Cubs, got cut and had a strong finish with the Phillies.


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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    What happened to Ryan? He was nice when the O's had him. I'm stunned that the Orioles let a guy go before he started stinking. Thats so not like them.


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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    What happened to Ryan? He was nice when the O's had him. I'm stunned that the Orioles let a guy go before he started stinking. Thats so not like them.
    he was dominant for the blue jays but he had major elbow surgey IIRC


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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    The article says that Marshall would likely then return to the rotation. In place of who in the long run. He could take some of Dempster's starts in the mean time, but what about after that. I'd rather have Wells pitching than Harden at this point.

    Zambrano
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    Marshall?
    Maybe that doesn't happen this year. Harden is a free agent after the year so that could be what they were thinking. Then again who knows maybe the Cubs have paramters of a deal in place that include a pitcher. I don't see that as a logical explanation but you never know



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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    I've never been a big fan or Marshall.
    But they do need a left handed pitcher in the bullpen, so maybe that is their plan since cotts is out for the season.



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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    There's a dirty joke in this thread somewhere, I can feel it on the tip of my tongue...
    Was this the joke...?



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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    There's a dirty joke in this thread somewhere, I can feel it on the tip of my tongue...
    Quote Originally Posted by RayShimley View Post
    Was this the joke...?
    No, this was...




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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    The Cubs WOULD be interested in a guy named BJ...


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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    ESPN 1000 out of Chicago is reporting that the Cubs have signed BJ Ryan.



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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    Minor league deal.



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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    The Cubs WOULD be interested in a guy named BJ...
    Fail



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    Re: Cubs interested in B.J Ryan

    The Cubs signed B.J. Ryan to a one-year deal, according to ESPN Chicago. He will work out in Arizona before reporting to Triple A Iowa, according to the Chicago Tribune, which first reported the team's interest last week.
    The Blue Jays released Ryan after a disappointing three and a half year stint that began well, but ends with the Blue Jays paying $15MM between now and the end of next season as he plays in another uniform. The change of scenery could help Ryan, who wasn't bad against lefties this year. However, he allowed a near-1.200 OPS against righties and saw the velocity of his fastball drop for a fourth straight season, according to FanGraphs.



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