When the Cubs picked B.J. Ryan up off the scrap heap last month, some folks were hoping that he'd turn into this year's version of the late-2008 Jim Edmonds. Unfortunately, he was more like this year's version of the early-2008 Edmonds, and he has now asked for, and received, his release. Don't worry about him though. He'll be very comfortable living off of the five-year, $47 million contract the Blue Jays rather foolishly gave him at the end of 2005.