Tag:Ted Lilly
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:52 pm

Dodgers' budget increases for 2011

The more important news in the official signing of Ted Lilly by the Dodgers (three year, $33 million, by the way), is that general manager Ned Colletti has gotten his 2011 budget from owner Frank McCourt.

"We know where we're going," Colletti told the Los Angeles Times ' Steve Dilbeck . "It's up from a year ago, but that's all I want to tell you."

Last year the Dodgers' payroll was $95.3 million.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 8:41 pm

Dodgers to sign Lilly to extension

Ted Lilly The Dodgers are poised to sign starter Ted Lilly to a three-year extension, as Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The announcement could come early next week, as Lilly is set to undergo a physical before the deal is completed.

Lilly is coming off a four-year, $40 million deal with the Cubs that saw him sent to L.A. at the trade deadline. He finished with a 3.62 ERA (4.45 xFIP) in 193 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old was excellent in his time with the Dodgers, posting a 3.52 ERA (3.72 xFIP), walking just 1.8 batters per nine and whiffing 9.0.

The Dodgers have some work ahead of themselves to fill out a quality rotation, and inking Lilly is a good start. Now, to get that divorce resolved...

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:31 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

R.I.P. Dodgers: Divorce drama dominates

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The Los Angeles Dodgers.

Things looked promising after 2009, when the Dodgers won their second consecutive National League West title and made it two straight trips to the NLCS.

And yet somehow, by the time camp broke in 2010, it was clear that this was a team that was in for a long season. The ongoing divorce of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt had generated sensational headlines and hamstrung the team financially. Without financial flexibility, general manager Ned Colletti was unable to add the pitching the Dodgers needed.

The result was an 80-82 season filled with frustration and distractions, and one of baseball’s proudest franchises is in trouble if the ownership mess isn’t straightened out soon.


Pitching was an issue throughout the season, as there wasn’t enough in the rotation to back up Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw (though Hiroki Kuroda was a nice surprise) and the bullpen caused as many fires as it put out. George Sherrill collapsed, and closer Jonathan Broxton pitched himself out of a job.

Manny Ramirez The offensive picture might have been a lot different if their $20 million slugging outfielder had shown up, figuratively or literally. Instead of vintage Manny Ramirez, they ended up with a post-suspension slap hitter who seemed dedicated to finding ways not to play baseball. He had just 196 at-bats and hit eight homers, not exactly what the Dodgers were hoping for.

Ramirez wasn’t alone as a distraction. Coming off a big season, Matt Kemp saw his batting average drop nearly 50 points, looked lost at times in the outfield after winning a Gold Glove the year before, and was constantly in a beef with someone. He clashed with teammates, coaches and staff.

Russell Martin continued to struggle with his injuries, and Andre Ethier broke his finger in May and never was the same. Rafael Furcal and Vicente Padilla also spent time on the DL.


Ethier took steps forward despite his finger issue, and Kershaw and Billingsley stepped up. Hong-Chih Kuo was a revelation in relief, and he and rookie Kenley Jansen give the Dodgers some good options at the end of the pen in the future.

Beyond that, good news was pretty tough to find.

The minor-league ranks were thinned when Colletti, badly misreading his club’s potential, decided the Dodgers were still in contention and shipped out a ton of players in trades for Ted Lilly, Scott Podsednik, Ryan Theriot and Octavio Dotel – none of whom was signed past 2010.

Colletti’s shopping spree didn’t leave the cupboard completely bare. The closest they have to actual help from the minors is probably outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who upped his stock in a big way this season.

It will depend almost entirely on what happens with the McCourt mess.  The team could be tied up in court and financially hamstrung. Commissioner Bud Selig or the courts could force the McCourts to sell, giving the team a new lease on the future.


The Dodgers have got some decisions to make.

One is on Matt Kemp. They need to get everybody into a room and work this thing out once and for all, or cut their losses and just admit they can’t get along. He has trade value.

Another is Martin. He’s just not the same player he was a couple of years ago, and now he’s coming off hip surgery and he could make as much as $7 million in arbitration. With the promising A.J. Ellis on board, they might be better off trading Martin before he puts up another .248/.347/.332 and loses all his value.

Word is that Lilly is open to returning, and that would be money well-spent -- they don’t want to enter next season short in the rotation again.


The McCourts’ drama shows no sign of abating, and even if they put the team on the market tomorrow, it’s unlikely a sale could be completed in time to solidify the Dodgers’ situation in time to help 2011. An unproven, rookie manager, plenty of drama – this doesn’t look like the recipe for immediate success. Tough to see the Dodgers finishing better than third in the division.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:01 pm

Lilly may not return to Dodgers

Ted Lilly Might Ted Lilly not return to the Dodgers?

That's certainly how it sounds according to Lilly's agent, Larry O'Brien of Full Circle Sports Management, according to FOX Sports .

While the divorce proceedings of Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt are wrapping up, it may not be in time for free agency, which could hamper L.A.'s efforts to retain the left-hander. The proceedings will have a lot to say about how much money the Dodgers will have to spend.

"I’m just not sure the Dodgers at this point are going to get to a range that will be very easy for us to achieve come December," O'Brien said. "I’m pretty confident that there’s a minimum three-year deal out there for Ted."

Lilly has expressed a desire to return to town, but won't (and shouldn't) compromise his earning ability to do so. The Dodgers are in such a tight spot they declined the chance to offer Randy Wolf arbitration. That could have either brought back a top starting pitcher to the team or draft picks. The same might happen to Lilly, who is projected to qualify as a Type A free agent.

The 34-year-old is finishing up a four-year, $40 million deal signed with the Cubs. He was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline, where he has put up a 3.75 ERA in 11 starts after making 18 starts with a 3.69 ERA. He figures to crack 190 innings pitched in his final start on Sunday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 1, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 3:24 pm

Lilly deal to Yankees won't happen

Ted Lilly The Yankees claimed pitcher Ted Lilly off waivers from the Dodgers, but were not able to convince L.A. to part with the lefty.

New York is struggling with a tattered rotation , while Lilly is 5-1 with the Dodgers after being acquired from the Cubs. On the season, he has a 3.59 ERA in 155 1/3 innings in yet another strong season by the 34-year-old.

Even though the deadline for postseason rosters was midnight on August 31, the Yankees believed that Lilly would be eligible to be on New York's roster due to a loophole of having claimed Lilly prior to the deadline, the New York Daily News reports .

However, the Dodgers had zero interest in moving Lilly, as ESPN's Buster Olney reports . The Dodgers believe they are still in the postseason race, 6 1/2 games behind the Phillies for the wild card lead, and to surrender one of their better performers makes no sense with that ideal.

In addition, Lilly is an impending free agent expected to be designated with Type-A status, meaning that Lilly can fetch L.A. a first-round pick and compensatory pick if another team signs him provided the Dodgers offer him arbitration. That stands a realistic chance of happening, although the Dodgers are also interested in bringing Lilly back to help the 2011 version of the Dodgers.

UPDATE : Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Dodgers will indeed pursue an extension with the lefty.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 24, 2010 7:57 pm

Dodgers place Kuroda on waivers

It's not Manny Ramirez, but the Dodgers have started putting players on the waiver wire.

Hiroki Kuroda Starter Hiroki Kuroda has been placed on waivers, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets .

Rosenthal adds that a rival executive has told him, "I guarantee [the] Yankees are all over it."

Kuroda is owed $2.7 million for the rest of the season. A free agent after the season, Kuroda does have a no-trade clause in his contract.

Kuroda, 35, is 8-11 with a  3.48 for the Dodgers this season. Batters are hitting .254/.303/.367 against him.

Ted Lilly has not been placed on waivers yet, Rosenthal added.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:17 pm

Dodger accused Lilly of cheating

Ted Lilly The Dodgers could be the front-runner to land Cubs starter Ted Lilly, with ESPN.com's Jayson Stark saying they have a deal in place but are stuck on how much money would move.

If Lilly does go west, the home clubhouse manager at Dodger Stadium might be advised to put his locker as far away as possible from Casey Blake's. They might need a little time and an awkward conversation before they warm up to each other.

In May, Blake accused Lilly of starting his windup in front of the rubber to try to gain an advantage. He protested to umpire John Hirschbeck, who didn't intervene, and Blake had to be restrained.

"I know he doesn't have an overpowering fastball," Blake said afterward. "I know he's trying to get as much of an edge as he can. But he moved in.

"That's cheating. You've got to stay on the rubber."

Lilly admitted he might have inadvertently been ahead of the rubber "a couple times," but that it wouldn't even be an advantage because a pitcher loses the leverage of pushing off the rubber. He didn't seem to appreciate being labeled a cheater.

"Sometimes a batter will get in the box and he'll step out, and behind the box, and on the lines," Lilly said. "I don't think he's trying to cheat. It might not be intentional."

Should make for an interesting introduction if Lilly goes to the Dodgers.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 1:55 pm

Dodgers interested in Lilly, Theriot

Ryan Theriot The Dodgers are hoping to kill two birds with one stone by trading for starter Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot, says FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

While the Dodgers' starting pitching depth isn't as thin as it was earlier, the add of Lilly and his 3.69 ERA in 117 innings would be a boon, suddenly giving the Dodgers five legitimate starters. Lilly is in the final year of his contract and has a limited no-trade clause along with a likely Type-A designation as a free agent. Los Angeles could then bring back Lilly on a no-brainer one-year deal or get draft picks for the lefty -- provided, of course, the club even offers arbitration which may not happen given the team's recent history.

Theriot (pictured), meanwhile, would supplant Blake DeWitt's .272/.352/.372 line and average fielding with a .285/.321/.329 mark and average-to-above average fielding. Smacks of a lateral move at best, especially since Los Angeles would certainly need a big chunk of Lilly and Theriot's deals picked up. Lilly is making $10 million on the year, so has roughly $4 million left to be paid while Theriot is enjoying his first-year arbitration salary of $2.6 million. For the Cubs to pick up much of the roughly $5 million left on the deals, L.A. would have to send out yet another quality prospect.

For Lilly, one can understand the move to bring in a clear upgrade who can deepen the Dodgers' rotation for a postseason run. For Theriot, it seems like unneeded deck chair shuffling that will cost a quality prospect.

-- Evan Brunell

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