By Chad Jennings

Brendan Ryan
New York Yankees’ Brendan Ryan fields a ground out by Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday,July 27, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Just a few days after officially adding him to their roster, the Cubs have released utility infielder Brendan Ryan.

Included in this month’s Starlin Castro trade as the player to be named later, Ryan never actually played for the Cubs and was only a member of their 40-man roster for a few days before the team claimed left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos. That means the Cubs are on the hook for Ryan’s $1-million contract.

The fact he was released almost immediately after the trade was finalized suggests he was included primarily as a financial offset.

Because he’s a proven defender who can play multiple positions, there could be a market for Ryan somewhere. He played so rarely with the Yankees, that I can’t imagine he would want to re-join them on a minor league deal, and the Yankees don’t have a great need for him now that they’ve signed Pete Kozma, who can play a similar role.

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