B.J. Ryan
43-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed with the Cubs in July of 2009.
PFree Agent  
August 5, 2009
Ryan was released by the Cubs on Wednesday, Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Ryan actually asked the team to let him go because his velocity wasn't where he wanted it to be. He may give it another go during spring training, but the end of the line appears to be drawing closer.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Ryan notched his third 30-save season in four years as he bounced back from Tommy John surgery in a big way. He wasn't as dominant as he was from 2004-2006 but the 32 saves were a nice reward for those who took the risk on draft day. A 1.28 WHIP, 2.95 ERA and a 9.0 K/9IP isn't anything to sneeze at, but he didn't show any marked improvements as the season wore on so he very likely left something on the operating table that he may never recover. He'll be back as the team's closer this season.
Ryan's season ended after just five appearances with a torn elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery in May. Early reports from his rehab work this winter have him back for spring training, but it remains to be seen how quickly he'll regain his effectiveness. He's an elite closer when healthy, so don't shy away from him on draft day. If you can get him at a discount, grab him.
Ryan had a dominating year as Toronto's closer. His strikeout rate dipped a bit, but it was still a sparkling 10.71 strikeouts per nine innings. He allowed just two earned runs through June 31, and gave up more than one run in an appearance just twice all year. It's silly to predict he'll post another 1.37 ERA, but he’ll be among the elite again in 2007.
Ryan became the highest-paid reliever in major league history when the Blue Jays gave him a five-year, $47 million deal prior to 2005. In many respects, the deal makes a lot of sense, as the 30-year-old dominated the American League to the tune of 222 strikeouts as compared to only 61 walks in 157 1/3 innings the last two seasons. On the flip side, Ryan has only been a closer for one season and will be making starter money until he's 34. Still, he should be one of the best relievers from a fantasy perspective in 2006, especially since the Blue Jays have expanded their payroll and beefed up their lineup in an effort to compete with the juggernauts at the top of the AL East. With the money the Jays have thrown at him, Ryan has complete job security, so don't be afraid to make him one of the top few closers selected in your draft this season.
Utter dominance is the only way to describe Ryan's .094 BAA for lefties. He was much more than a left-handed specialist, however, eventually taking over the closer’s role from a struggling Jorge Julio. Ryan will begin the 2005 season as the Orioles closer, though the big question is whether he can get right-handed batters out on a regular basis. If he can, he could be one of the top fantasy closers in the game due to his strikeout totals. If he can’t, Julio could easily force him back into a set-up role.
Ryan suffered through a stretch of ineffectiveness in May and June, but was brilliant the rest of the year. His good work after the All-Star break (.191 BAA, 1.08 ERA, 25 IP) will likely earn him the left-handed setup job over Buddy Groom.
Ryan finished 2002 at 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA and a save in 67 appearances. An awful first half gave way to a dominating second half (2.59 ERA in 31.1 IP and a .198 batting average allowed). Unfortunately that's been his pattern for the last three years. He won't be getting many save opportunities and needs to keep the long balls down.
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B.J. Ryan: Moves Closer to Bigs
PChicago Cubs  
July 26, 2009
Ryan, who was working out at the team's spring facility in Mesa, Arizona, will report to Triple-A Iowa Monday.
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PFree Agent  
July 16, 2009
The Cubs signed Ryan on Thursday to a one-year contract, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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B.J. Ryan: Cubs Show Interest
PFree Agent  
July 15, 2009
The Cubs are the leading contender to sign Ryan who was released last week by the Blue Jays, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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B.J. Ryan: Released By the Blue Jays
PFree Agent  
July 8, 2009
The Blue Jays gave Ryan his outright release on Wednesday, the Jays' official site reports.
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PToronto Blue Jays  
June 18, 2009
Ryan was summoned to begin the ninth inning, but he was lifted after facing lefties Chase Utley and Ryan Howard on Thursday afternoon.
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