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UPDATE: Ted Lilly to stay with Dodgers after waiver claim

Aug 31, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of, the Dodgers pulled Lilly off waivers after the Yankees were awarded the claim. The Yankees and Rays enter play Tuesday tied with the best record in baseball, which means that at least 27 teams passed up the chance to acquire Lilly.
7:20 PM: As expected, Ted Lilly was claimed off waivers by multiple teams after being placed on waivers by the Dodgers. Los Angeles, though, has pulled him back, and the left-hander will stay with the club for the duration of the season.
According to’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees were one of the teams to claim LIlly, who is 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP in six starts since joining the Dodgers.
Lilly will become a free agent at season’s end, and the Dodgers are poised to get two draft picks back for him if they lose him then. It’s doubtful they would have gotten a better haul had they traded him now.
The Dodgers will have to risk offering him arbitration, but that shouldn’t be a problem. While Lilly would likely command a raise from his current $12 million salary in the arbitration process, it’s doubtful that he’d take a non-guaranteed one-year arbitration contract over the three- or maybe four-year proposals he’s likely to see on the open market.

  1. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 31, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    The Twins let Ted Lilly pass?!
    After all that talk about acquiring another starter and all the talk that the team might actually go after this particular starting pitcher before the non-waiver deadline and they let him pass?! Weird…just…weird.

  2. cusoman - Aug 31, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Yeah, that’s… that’s just…. no really, I just can’t wrap my head about that at all and I’m out of words.

  3. JB (the original) - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    That does seem odd. Especially the the way they’ve loaded up on relievers like they expect the starters to only get through 5 innings. Other than Liriano, Pavano has come back to earth, Blackburn can’t be expected/relied on to maintain his last two starts (heck he’s just back from AAA), Slowey’s fragile, Duensing has been reliable (not a big K guy but still don’t like he didn’t get a rotation shot after last years performance), but certainly not overpowering, Baker is Jekyll/Hyde. Lilly could have been this season’s version of Kenny Rogers…..

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