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Cubs release B.J. Ryan

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.