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The Cubs want to loan out Ted Lilly

Jul 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Peter Gammons tweets that the Cubs are beginning to face reality (i.e. they’re going nowhere) and, as a result are thinking about trading Ted Lilly. They’d only think of it as loaning him to someone, however, as Gammons says Chicago would then try to sign him again once he hits the market after the season.

Sensible in that Chicago doesn’t need Lilly now but could really use him in the future. Risky, though, in that Lilly might get comfy wherever he goes. He might get used to, you know, winning.

I know this sort move has happened before, though at the moment examples are eluding me.  Whenever I see it happen, though, I wonder how much of a wink and a nudge took place between player and team before the trade.

  1. D.J. Short - Jul 5, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Mike Bordick. How can Mets fans forget?

  2. Professor Dave - Jul 5, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Is it possible for Lilly to qualify as a type-B FA? That’d complicate things, though I’m not sure if last year was good enough to push him up (assuming a strong second half).

  3. Philip P - Jul 5, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Ricky Henderson in 1993 – traded from Oakland to Toronto for the pennant race and then resigned with Oakland for the 1994 season. As a side note, the Jays nearly had Randy Johnson instead as Oakland was slow in responding to the Jays’ request so they had a virtual deal in place with Seattle when Oakland finally accepted the trade offer. Pat Gillick felt obligated to complete the deal with Oakland so Johnson stayed with the Mariners.

  4. Chipmaker - Jul 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Rick Aguilera, 1995. Boston traded for him (sending the original Frankie Rodriguez to the Twins) days before Aggie gained his 10/5 veto rights. The Red Sox took the division, got wiped out by the Indians, and Aguilera re-signed with the Twins after filing his free agency.

  5. Detroit Michael - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    First example of this was Jim Slaton. The Tigers GM Jim Campbell was really ticked at Milwaukee, apparently not understanding that there really was going to be a free market for baseball free agents, not a gentlemen’s agreement to not bid on a guy traded just half a season earlier.

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