Tag:Ted Lilly
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:20 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 8:26 pm

Signs point to slow deadline

Prince Fielder Thursday was a big day in trades, with Roy Oswalt, Jorge Cantu and Miguel Tejada, among others, on the move.

Monitoring the chatter in the baseball world, however, gives the indication that there might not be much more dealing to come.

"There's nothing really going on," general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the Brewers' outlook. "I don't anticipate anything happening [before the Saturday deadline]. Things can change but that's the way it looks now. I don't have to trade players. I have to make sure anything we do makes absolute sense to do anything."

That's one of the main things driving -- or halting -- this trade season. Most of the teams with the attractive pieces don't really need to move them. There aren't the usual teams trying to unload salary ballast at all costs as they sink. The Brewers could trade Prince Fielder, but they don't have to. Ditto the Nationals with Adam Dunn. The Jays could move Jose Bautista, but he's also under team control and has Toronto fans buzzing.

Many of the big names -- Cliff Lee, Dan Haren, Oswalt -- are now off the board. David DeJesus and Ben Sheets were knocked off by injuries.

The slate of potential buyers has gone down in the past two weeks. The Angels, Mets, Marlins and Rockies are taking a cold, hard look at the standings and realizing it doesn't make sense to mortgage the future on what's becoming an increasingly long shot. The Red Sox and Dodgers are potentially more aggressive but kind of in the same boat.

The days before the deadline are always filled with GMs expressing outrage at the hefty price tags being put on available players, hoping to force those prices down, but this year it really does seem like teams are taking a harder line because they have less pressure to sell. And teams have so much money invested in scouting and bonus money that they view prospects as high-value commodities rather than pawns. They are afraid to make lousy deals with young players.

There also is a trend toward making deals after the non-waiver deadline -- there's still a month left to trade after Saturday, just with different rules.

“Most of the guys available on July 31 are going to be available in August,” a National League GM told the New York Post.

That's not to say many of the names being thrown around this week won't be in different uniforms in the next 48 hours. Dunn probably will be traded, as will Ted Lilly, and the Blue Jays would be crazy not to trade Bautista when he's at peak value. But even more than most years, most of the talk will likely be for naught when it all shakes out.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:51 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 5:18 pm

Lilly-for-Happ rumor stinks

Ted Lilly AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price has an interesting rumor: J.A. Happ could be on his way to the Cubs for Ted Lilly.

Price cautions that it is an unconfirmed rumor. The rumor is interesting, as it may signify that the Phillies have decided assuming Roy Oswalt's contract and parting with multiple prospects is not the right decision .

Lilly's 3.69 ERA is belied by a .261 batting average on balls in play and a 4.48 xFIP, so are essentially moving to replace Jamie Moyer. Giving up Happ, a promising young-left hander, for Lilly seems like a steep price. Happ has three starts to his name in 2010 before falling to injury. He was optioned to Triple-A after a rehab stint and is trying to put his season back together (4.84 ERA, 1.47 K/BB in 22 1/3 innings).

Lilly, meanwhile, is finishing up a four-year, $40 million deal before hitting the free agent market.

The Phils are right in the thick of the division race, but swapping Happ for Lilly smacks of a desperation move after closing themselves off to an Oswalt deal. Whether or not one thinks that's the right call (it is, in this man's opinion), it doesn't give a team license to go and make another bad trade.

That's not even considering the fact that Lilly's no-trade clause has the Phillies on it, as Ken Rosenthal reports for FOX Sports.

SI.com's Jon Heyman, for his part, reports the Phillies are looking at Cleveland's Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona. Westbrook is essentially the right-handed version of Lilly, while Carmona is young, productive and locked up for years to come. Now that's someone you trade Happ for.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 1:58 am
Edited on: July 28, 2010 1:59 am

Reality bites for Lilly

Ted Lilly Ted Lilly walked off the mound in a Cubs uniform for what was probably the final time Tuesday, and it was a day of resignation.

The Cubs are going nowhere, and it's time to sell. Lilly is a proven veteran starter who's an impending free agent. He wants to stay, and by all accounts his teammates don't want to see him go, but baseball reality will probably have the final say.

''That's how it goes," Lilly told the Chicago Sun-Times. "And I've said what I want before, but there's a lot of things I don't get the final say in. That's the way it is.''

Lilly and manager Lou Piniella, who both arrived in Chicago in 2007, shared a cab to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. They talked about Lilly's likely departure.

''As a manager you get attached to your players, and Teddy, for instance, has been here with me for four years,'' Piniella said. ''He's been a huge part of my four years. He's a good young man. He's a professional. And I've got nothing but admiration for him.''

Lilly is 3-8 with the worst run support in the majors, but has a 3.88 ERA. One scout told the Sun-Times that if they were making the same money, he'd still rather have Lilly than Houston's Roy Oswalt.

At least three teams in the market for a starter had scouts watching Tuesday: the Yankees, Twins and Dodgers.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:55 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:57 am

Cardinals not optimistic they can get Oswalt

Roy Oswalt If you take most trade market musings from general managers with a grain of salt, this week keep a salt lick ready, because there's more bluffing this week than ever.

In that vein, here's a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Joe Strauss that says the Cardinals are bowing out of the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes.

"At this point, it's entirely possible that there may not be a deal out there," Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said. "We're continuing to explore avenues, but as we speak I can't say I'm encouraged."

What may have been left out is Mozeliak starting that sentence with "awww shucks" while pawing at the ground with his foot, before finishing it by pushing up his hat and adding another offer.

As it stands, Mozeliak would be more encouraged if the Astros had any interest in taking Brendan Ryan off his hands in return for Oswalt, but for now, the Astros seem to think they can get more than a nice hosiery model for the three-time All-Star.

Oswalt, for his part, reportedly wants to be a Cardinal and the Cardinals want him. He'd certainly be better than Jeff Suppan or the wildly inconsistent Kyle Lohse. The Cardinals may believe Lohse is just as good of a gamble as any of the other starters on the market, such as Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly or Jeremy Guthrie.

Lohse is scheduled to pitch tonight at Triple-A Memphis and hopes to join the team next month. Brad Penny, on the other hand, may not be able to return this season, Mozeliak said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 7:18 pm

Deal for Lilly looking imminent

Ted Lilly Ted Lilly may have pitched his last game for the Cubs, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Chris De Luca reports .

Citing "major-league sources" talks for the left-hander have heated up and the trade "could be completed by the end of the weekend."

De Luca reports the Mets have had the most interest in Lilly. Also interested are the Tigers, Twins, Phillies and Dodgers.

Lilly is in the final year of his contract and a free agent after the season. He has a limited no-trade clause, allowing him to veto deals to 10 teams, including the Phillies, Twins and Rays. The Mets and Tigers aren't on his list, according to FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:17 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:39 am

Dodgers may be able to add payroll

Despite the nasty divorce of owner Frank McCourt that has been rumored to handcuff the Dodgers, the team may add to its payroll at the trade deadline, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports .

The Dodgers are looking for pitching help and Jackson writes the team is "zeroing in" on Houston ace Roy Oswalt.

Jackson is one of several starters the team is interested in and made some initial contact about. The others are Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Ted Lilly and Paul Maholm.

Jackson notes the team's more urgent need may be bullpen help. Toronto's Scott Downs and Jason Frasor have been "scouted heavily" by the Dodgers.

"Pitching continues to be our priority," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "With Manny [Ramirez] going down and Reed Johnson still out, we might look at trying to shore up our outfield as well."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:53 am

Fading Dodgers searching for arms

The Dodgers are looking for pitchers -- any pitchers, starters, relievers, batting practice… it doesn't matter. If you can throw a baseball 60 feet, 6 inches, the Dodgers are interested.

So far, the team has been "very aggressive" in their pursuit of pitching, Yahoo!'s Tim Brown writes . The Dodgers have called about Houston's Roy Oswalt, Chicago's Ted Lilly, Arizona's Dan Haren and Cleveland's Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona.

The team has also called Toronto about their reliever trio of Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Kevin Gregg.

Los Angeles was just swept in St. Louis and dropped their opener against San Francisco last night. The team is now 49-44 and with 12 of its next 16 against San Francisco and San Diego -- two of the three teams ahead of them in the National League West, L.A. could quickly be out of the race. If a move isn't made soon -- and even then, if it doesn't work immediately -- the season could be lost.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 8:33 pm

Tigers talking about Lilly

Ted Lilly A bidding war is sparking for the Cubs' Ted Lilly, with the Tigers inquiring on the left-hander, reports ESPN's Jayson Stark.

While the Tigers have asked, talks have not accelerated and are still in the preliminary stage. The Tigers currently have a rotation in flux, with only Justin Verlander performing up to snuff. While Jeremy Bonderman and Max Scherzer's holds on a rotation spot are fairly firm, it's by virtue of the Nos. 4 and 5 spots being in flux with Rick Porcello, Armando Galarraga and the recently demoted Andrew Oliver.

Adding a pitcher of Lilly's caliber would give opponents a different look, coming from the first-base side of the mound and giving the Tigers another starter capable of going deep into games and giving the Twins and White Sox a run for their money for the division title.

However, a second source told Buster Olney that the two teams haven't been in contact in over a week. The Mets have also been linked to Lilly, although their interest has cooled recently in favor of Jeremy Guthrie. However, the Tigers have another suitor to be wary of: the Twins.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune notes that the Twins are in the hunt for Lilly after missing out on Cliff Lee. The Twins have been angling for a starter all season long to slot in behind Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano after the disappointing seasons of Kevin Slowey, Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn.

As Stark notes, the Tigers are also looking for a veteran player who can play shortstop -- could the Cubs package both Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Motor City? Stay tuned.

-- Evan Brunell

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