Lilly Can Block Trade To Rays

Ted Lilly can block a trade to the Rays, but not to the Mets or Tigers, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Ken Rosenthal reported over the weekend that Lilly can block trades to ten teams, including the Twins and Phillies. Morosi notes that interest in Lilly picked up this week after his strong outing Wednesday. There was already plenty of interest in the left-hander and it appears that the Cubs will deal him.

The 34-year-old projects to be a Type A free agent after the season, though not by much. That means teams could obtain picks in the 2011 draft if they're willing to risk an offer of arbitration. Lilly has a 3.88 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 this year and he makes $12MM (about $4.8MM remains).


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39 Comments on "Lilly Can Block Trade To Rays"


Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

why on earth would he block a trade to the rays?

coachofall
5 years 1 month ago

Free Agent year and would get exposed in the AL East. Thats my guess at least

coachofall
5 years 1 month ago

Free Agent year and would get exposed in the AL East. Thats my guess at least

5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, it seems odd to single out the Rays when the Phillies and Twins are both included in that group and probably need a SP more than the Rays do. And that the Rays probably have a better shot at the playoffs than most of the other teams mentioned.

geoffreywayne
5 years 1 month ago

Lilly signed his contract prior to 2007. The Rays’ record in 2006 was 61-101. A lot can change in four years apparently.

5 years 1 month ago

why on earth would the rays make a trade for lilly?

5 years 1 month ago

why on earth would the rays make a trade for lilly?

magnushanso
5 years 1 month ago

A better question is why would the Rays trade for him?

magnushanso
5 years 1 month ago

A better question is why would the Rays trade for him?

$1529282
5 years 1 month ago

Why on earth would the Rays trade for him? Unless they’re planning on dealing Davis for a bat, calling up Hellickson, and then acquiring Lilly to fill out the rotation.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

I think Rays want a veteran presence in the rotation. They still have to try and limit Price to a certain amount of innings before his arm starts to tear. It’s too bad they don’t have the financial flexibility because Oswalt would be perfect.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

You have that right. No matter how they do it, the Rays better save Price a little bit.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

You have that right. No matter how they do it, the Rays better save Price a little bit.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

I think Rays want a veteran presence in the rotation. They still have to try and limit Price to a certain amount of innings before his arm starts to tear. It’s too bad they don’t have the financial flexibility because Oswalt would be perfect.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

He’s so used to feeling average age on the Cubs. Going to the Rays would make him a senior citizen overnight.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

True. Even Carl Crawford must be feeling older on that team.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

True. Even Carl Crawford must be feeling older on that team.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

He’s so used to feeling average age on the Cubs. Going to the Rays would make him a senior citizen overnight.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

I assume that was part of Lilly’s contract negotiations with the Cubs 4 years ago. Maybe he did not like the up and coming Rays back then when he was in the AL East with Toranto. Lou can tell him all about Tampa over a cocktail.

studio179
5 years 1 month ago

I assume that was part of Lilly’s contract negotiations with the Cubs 4 years ago. Maybe he did not like the up and coming Rays back then when he was in the AL East with Toranto. Lou can tell him all about Tampa over a cocktail.

5 years 1 month ago

If I was Lilly I would rather have a block to the Mets, but at least they are better than the Cubs.

5 years 1 month ago

The Rays are hurting the most at DH. I think they should try and deal for a Fielder or a Berkman if they want to make a run for a title

5 years 1 month ago

The Rays are hurting the most at DH. I think they should try and deal for a Fielder or a Berkman if they want to make a run for a title

magnushanso
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t think you’d get Corey Hart without giving up Davis. Maybe you could get him by giving up Matt Moore (apparently the Brewers love him) and something else though… I think the Brewers would ask for Davis though, as they asked SF for Bumgarner.

magnushanso
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t think you’d get Corey Hart without giving up Davis. Maybe you could get him by giving up Matt Moore (apparently the Brewers love him) and something else though… I think the Brewers would ask for Davis though, as they asked SF for Bumgarner.

AKraysfan3
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, they need help at DH, but Fielder or Berkman would be too expensive, maybe target someone like Garrett Jones?

AKraysfan3
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, they need help at DH, but Fielder or Berkman would be too expensive, maybe target someone like Garrett Jones?

Nathew
5 years 1 month ago

are you saying they have mediocre prospects?

Nathew
5 years 1 month ago

are you saying they have mediocre prospects?

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

corey hart is definitely not worth Davis, maybe Johnathan Sanchez.

just this offseason, he was a non-tender candidate.

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

corey hart is definitely not worth Davis, maybe Johnathan Sanchez.

just this offseason, he was a non-tender candidate.

5 years 1 month ago

The point isn’t if they have the pieces or not, its if the opportunity cost (microeconomics 101) of giving up those pieces is worth what you are getting back in Corey Hart. If you are going to have to move some major pieces around, you might as well cash in and go for Fielder or Berkman instead.The good thing about those guys over Hart is that they can play DH this year, and the team instantly has a 1B next year after Pena leaves.

5 years 1 month ago

“Corey Hart > Lance Berkman”What? That’s only on a 4 month sample size. Hart is overachieving and Berkman is underachieving, but are you honestly convinced that Corey Hart is a better ballplayer? There is every indication that Hart will regress to the mean and Berkman will go back to his career numbers. Even right now, in the last month, Hart has been OPSing .843, which is nowhere near where he was in May and June, while Berkman has an over .900 OPS (.948) over the past 28 days. Hart just had a really really good May/June, while Berkman just had a really really bad May/June (plus, Hart has never OPS’d over .900 ever in his career)Don’t even try to sell me that Hart is better than Berkman. Give me a break.

budman3
5 years 1 month ago

I like Hart but knowing the Rays and how they usuually end up holding on to their prospects, I could see them settling for Jose Guillen for a lot less…

…which is probably a very smart move, IMO. They only need a true RH’ed DH with pop to improve their team.

BillB325
5 years 1 month ago

It could be a good move on their part if the Cubs can get him to approve a trade, he could be shipped off along with Aramis Rameriz(pardon my spelling, and he is heating up at the moment)
By Day/MonthAB R H 2B3BHRRBI BB HBP SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Pre All-Star 237 2949 9 1 10 32 20 1 53 0 0 .207 .268 .380 .648
Post All-Star 29 8 11 3 0 5 15 2 0 5 0 0 .379 .406 1.000 1.406
And if the Cubs are smart they would eat the rest of lily`s salary and a bit of Ramirez`s, so they could get a deal like Wade Davis and Matt Gorgen

5 years 1 month ago

So what is it going to take for you to believe that Corey Hart is an average baseball player? Hell, I’d rather spend for Jose Bautista than Corey Hart.

5 years 1 month ago

and I am telling you, that 2 months of sample size doesn’t make someone a better player.

5 years 1 month ago

In the past month Berkman is hitting better than Hart? Berkman’s numbers now actually coincide with his career as opposed to Hart, who has been hitting well above his career?

5 years 1 month ago

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