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Lilly, Marquis paying off for Cubs

Originally Published: May 16, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Judging a pitcher with a multiyear contract after six weeks is sort of like reviewing "The Wizard of Oz" before the big twister scene. Between the Munchkins, the flying monkeys and the prospect of a few disabled list visits down the road, you can be sure things will get more interesting between now and the closing credits.

Case in point: Toronto closer B.J. Ryan, who signed a five-year, $47 million contract in November 2005. General manager J.P. Ricciardi felt awfully good when Ryan ...

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