Well, it’s not quite the Blue Jays pitcher you’d hope the Chicago Cubs were leading the pursuit for, but it’s nice to be first in something.

Team sources confirmed Monday the Cubs are the leading contenders for left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan, the former closer who was released Wednesday by the Blue Jays. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

A successful Ryan would be a solid addition to the bullpen, but this is not really something worth getting too excited about. Unless you’re Ted Lilly, who is very excited.

”He would fit in great with the guys,” said Cubs All-Star lefty Ted Lilly, a former Blue Jays teammate of Ryan’s. ”I’ve heard that was a possibility. It would be nice to get him back on track and pitching the way he is capable of — which is dominating. It would be fun to watch.”

Dominating, maybe. Three years ago. He was a solid reliever just last year, though, so there’s hope yet. The real question is whether there’s something physically wrong.