Cubs Sign B.J. Ryan to Minor League Deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Chicago Cubs have signed former Toronto
closer B.J. Ryan to a minor league deal.

Released by the Blue Jays earlier this month, the 33-year-old Ryan will first report to the Cubs' spring training complex in Mesa, Ariz. If all goes well, he'll join Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs have only one left-handed reliever, Sean Marshall.

Ryan was in the fourth year of a five-year, $47 million contract. He was 1-1 with a 6.53 ERA, and gave up 22 hits and 17 walks in 20 2-3 innings.

Ryan had ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow in 2007. He had 32 saves last year for Toronto.