B.J. Ryan: A Future Chicago Cub?

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJuly 9, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 1:  Rod Barajas #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays congratulates B.J. Ryan #52 following the game against the Boston Red Sox on May 1, 2008 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

With the Blue Jays' release of the two-time All-Star closer, the question looms...

Where will B.J. Ryan end up?

Ryan has struggled a bit this year, but he will definitely be a steal for whoever picks him up. Look to the stats. He has had over 30 saves three times in his career. He has a career 3.37 ERA and 112 saves.

Ryan has battled a left shoulder injury this year and definitely struggled for the Jays. He is 1-1 with a 6.53 ERA and only two saves in 20 2/3 innings.

The Jays are reportedly say that they will eat the rest of Ryan's contract, which consists of $15 million for the next two years. Whoever picks up Ryan will get a major steal.

He will go somewhere in need of a left-handed pitcher. Ryan, who was at one time one of the best left-handed specialists of all time, will be a major steal for whoever picks him up for free.

One team that needs a left-hander is the Chicago Cubs. Jim Hendry, who has no financial flexibility whatsoever, may pick up a new left-hander specialist to free up Sean Marshall for the rotation. Taking Marshall out of the bullpen to put him in the rotation for Ryan Dempster would be a great move for the Cubs.

In my opinion, the Cubs need to get Ryan. He will come at absolutely no cost to the team and the Cubs have nothing to lose at this point in the season. They can only better themselves with the acquisition of B.J. Ryan.

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