Tag:Ted Lilly
Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.

Brian Cashman Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.

What they need

Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.

Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.

Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.

Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.

Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Who may fit

Ted Lilly Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.

Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.

Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.

Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.

If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.

Bench help:
Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.

Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.

Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.

Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.

Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.

Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:49 am
 

Cubs selling, but is anyone buying?

Alfonso Soriano Anyone want overpriced, underperforming baseball players?

Well, the Chicago Cubs are having a sale and they hope everything will go.

The Chicago Tribune writes :
Several baseball sources have confirmed to us that the Cubs are ramping up their efforts in the trade market to start clearing the books of cumbersome salaries.

In addition, it is expected that the team's ownership will address the media soon to assess the club's direction, especially if the team continues to struggle before the trading deadline.

"It has been very difficult for the family and the team the first half of the season," Tom Ricketts told season ticket holders Thursday at Wrigley Field. "This is not where the family wanted to be in the first half of the season.
The problem is, who wants what the Cubs are selling?

• A .276/.348/.548 guy with 15 homers and 43 RBI sounds pretty good, except that he's a liability in any defensive position and he's under contract through 2014 at $18 million per year (and a full no-trade clause).

• A middle reliever with more than $30 million left on his contract and a reputation as somewhat of a hothead.

• A broken-down corner infielder due $14.6 million next season hitting .195/.254/.350 with nine homers and 30 RBI.

• How about an extra outfielder due $13.5 million next season who is hitting .259/.357/.429 with eight homers, 26 RBI and has been caught staking as many times as he's stolen a bag (four)?

• A decent starter (7-7, 3.61 ERA 120 strikeouts, 43 walks in 122 innings) who makes $13.5 million next season and has an option for $14 million in 2012.

• A former All-Star first baseman who has only what's left on his $13 million contract for this season, but is hitting .230/.327/.367 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

It's not all bad, though. There are guys other teams may want, like Ted Lilly (3-7, 3.76 ERA), who is a free agent after the season, but does have a no-trade clause. He's the most likely to be traded, because people actually want him.

Carlos Silva (9-2, 2.96) is having a great season, but has a checkered past and is owned $11.5 million next season and has a $12 mutual option for 2012.

Closer Carlos Marmol would bring a decent prospect in return, and Sean Marshall would also be worthy to many teams as a set-up man, but both are more valuable for the Cubs on the team than as a trade piece.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: July 4, 2010 11:13 am
 

Report: Mets intrigued by Lilly

Ted Lilly The Mets believe that the Cubs are open to trading Ted Lilly, reports Newsday 's Ken Davidoff. The fact that New York believes GM Jim Hendry would trade Lilly is a clear barometer that the left-hander is on the Mets' radar.

While Lilly would be a nice addition to New York's rotation, this report flies contrary to recent reports that New York was seeking a top-tier starter along the lines of Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt and not middle-of-the-rotation candidates like Jake Westbrook and Kevin Millwood,

Lilly, 34, could represent a happy medium: someone pitching like a frontline ace who isn't viewed as such. In his fourth year with the Cubs, Lilly has posted a 3.12 ERA in 13 starts for the Cubs and has a career 3.76 ERA in the NL over five seasons. In the American League, he has a 4.52 ERA over seven seasons with most of his AL career coming with the Yankees and Blue Jays (with a brief Athletics stay).

Lilly also posted a low ERA last season as well, pitching 177 innings of a 3.10 ERA. He's missed parts of the last two seasons with injuries but has proven he can crack the 200-inning barrier as he did twice from 2007-08. Lilly would represent a significant upgrade in the rotation from the likes of Hisanori Takahashi -- even as the Japanese import impresses.

The Mets are trying to hold onto their most prized prospects, chief among them Ike Davis, Jonathon Niese and Jenrry Mejia, which is limiting their suitors.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, Mets, Ted Lilly
 
Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:53 pm
 

Teammates support Zambrano


Two Cubs players told WGN-TV in Chicago that they still support Carlos Zambrano, even after his latest embarrassing temper-tantrum.

The Chicago Tribune , which owns WGN, has the quotes from Ted Lilly and Marlon Byrd about their teammate.

"I talked to Carlos (Monday) night and he wants to be back out here and he wants to help the team, and I believe that he's going to do that," Ted Lilly told WGN-Ch. 9. "So for me it was encouraging to talk to him and hear what he had to say. I'm pretty confident that he'll be back as soon as he can and he'll help us win games."

Marlon Byrd told WGN that Zambrano's tantrum did not turn out the way it was intended.

"We know what he was trying to do," Byrd said. "It came across wrong. This is something you have to move past. At the same time, it's weird, this can bring a team together, some kind of adversity. Everything is going to be fine. Everybody know what kind of guy Carlos is, and we accept him."

Does Zambrano owe the Cubs players an apology?

"More than anything, we know without having him have to say anything that it was one of those things we've all done," Lilly said.
Well, at least Lilly, who punched his Toronto manager, John Gibbons, in the face after tangling near the Blue Jays' dugout during a game on Aug. 21, 2006. Gibbons' nose was apparently bloodied by Lilly, though both claimed afterward no punches were thrown.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 9:59 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:55 am
 

Mets want to enter Cliff Lee sweepstakes


Cliff Lee It seems inevitable when a big-time player with an expiring contract becomes available, it's New York that becomes the subject of relocation rumors.

What's different -- for now, at least -- when it comes to Cliff Lee is that it's the Mets that are being mention.

The New York Post 's Joel Sherman writes that Mets general manager Omar Minaya has called Jack Zduriencik to tell him the Mets want a chance to negotiate when the Mariners' boss decides to raise the white flag up the mast and listen to offers for Lee.

Sherman also reports that not only would the Mets consider dealing top prospect Jenry Mejia to secure Lee, but they would not need a negotiating window with Lee to try to secure the ace.

Mejia, a right-handed starter, left his Double-A start in the second inning with what the team described as "shoulder stiffness."

Even with that possibility -- one SportsNet New York's Kevin Burkhardt tweets is not a possibility -- Sherman says many within the organization doubt the Wilpon ownership group would sign off on giving up talent and taking on more payroll.

Sherman also notes the Mets have little-to-no interest in Roy Oswalt and Fausto Carmona, but the Cubs' Ted Lilly could be a possibility if they strike out on Lee.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 9:41 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2010 10:30 pm
 

Dueling no-nos not to be


When does a no-hitter turn into a no-hitter watch? Well, in Chicago, six may be enough. They're through six without a hit. Which team? Either.

Ridiculous. Both the White Sox and Cubs have struggled offensively, but this is ridiculous.

Gavin Floyd has walked two and struck out seven, while Ted Lilly has walked one, hit two and struck out three.

Top 7: Lilly is through the top of the 7th. Lilly has 97 pitches.

Bottom 7: Derrek Lee walks with one out. He's thrown out by A.J. Pierzynski after Lee tries to advance on a ball in the dirt. And then Soriano doubles for the first hit of the game -- for either freakin' team.

Top 8: Gordon Beckham is booed after trying to lay down a bunt with oen out. He misses it. And then he pops up. After Jayson Nix pops out Lilly is through 8.

Top 9: It's raining, but they're gonna try to get this in. Juan Pierre singles up the middle and that's it for the no-hitter and for Lilly. I'm sure it's Dusty Baker's fault.

And in the end, Carlos Marmol tries to find a way to lose it, but gets out of a bases loaded jam and Lilly wins.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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