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Ted Lilly can block a trade to the Rays; not to the Tigers or Mets

Jul 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

The no-trade clause has been a big factor in conversations about Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren, but Ted Lilly has some veto power too:  Jon Paul Morosi reports that Lilly can block a trade to the Rays, but not to the Tigers or Mets, who are also looking for starting pitching.

Some day I’d love to see a big story about no-trade clauses, especially limited ones, and hear players talk about why they chose certain teams and not others. Sometimes they makes sense based on geography and stuff — Javier Vazquez famously wants to stay in the east because it’s an easier flight home to Puerto Rico — but others seem kind of random.

  1. azlionsfan - Jul 23, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Not sure how old Lilly’s contract is but maybe he didnt want to go to Tampa when they sucked.

  2. Ick McWang - Jul 24, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    i agree with that, i would think lilly would love playing in front of the rays defense, but what do i know.
    he may want to stay in the north, perhaps that is why detroit and ny are ok but not tampa.

  3. The Beer Baron - Jul 24, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    He signed following the 2006 season. The Rays lost over 100 games in ’06. The Tigers were in the World Series. That one is easy to figure out. Why he blocked the Twins and Phils is a bit tougher – well the Twins at least, hard to fault anyone for not wanting to go to Philly.

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