Chicago Cubs Targeting Lefty B.J. Ryan to Bolster Bullpen

July 16, 2009 by  

Various media outlets have confirmed that the Chicago Cubs are interested in Toronto Blue Jays left-hander and former closer B.J. Ryan. Last week Ryan was placed on waivers by the Blue Jays and the Cubs will wait for him to clear waivers to pursue him.

Ryan has had a solid major-league career, in which he has complied an ERA of 3.37 and has 117 career saves. The reason for Ryan's major decline could likely be attributed to him having Tommy John surgery in 2007 but was very good for the Jays in 2008 with 32 saves and an ERA of 2.95. 

This season, however, Ryan has seen a major disappointment only recording two saves with an ERA of 6.53 and allowing five home runs, two away from his career high. Ryan has also seen drop...

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