Ted Lilly Will Not Be Traded; Yankees Won Claim

The Dodgers pulled Ted Lilly back off of waivers after the Yankees won the claim on the left-hander, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (Twitter links). This means virtually every team in baseball let Lilly through (the Rays being the lone possible exception). When the Dodgers placed Lilly on waivers last week, they did not seem inclined to trade him, so their decision is not a surprise.

Earlier in the month, the Yankees maintained that they weren't interested in adding starting pitching. Clearly, something changed this week. Andy Pettitte has been progressing slowly and Dustin Moseley has not fared well in his last four starts, so perhaps the Yankees decided it was time to be aggressive.

Lilly's new teammate, Hiroki Kuroda, will not be traded either. Both pitchers hit free agency this winter. 

31 Responses to Ted Lilly Will Not Be Traded; Yankees Won Claim Leave a Reply

  1. BrocNessMonster 5 years ago

    Stupid Ned. I don’t care if we win another game this year. Just get something useful out of this season, like a prospect…

    • The Dodgers are not out of it by any means, why would they trade their best pitcher.

      • MB923 5 years ago

        I highly doubt the Dodgers will pass San Fran and San Diego

      • Tko11 5 years ago

        they just lost one of their best hitters…

      • bonestock94 5 years ago

        9 games out in September with a mediocre team isn’t out of it?

      • strikethree 5 years ago

        They’re not even in third place in their own division for crying out loud…

        But, perhaps they didn’t receive an offer good enough?

  2. withpower 5 years ago

    I’m more worried about Burnett than Moseley.

    Worst case scenario I feel pretty comfortable letting Moseley face the lineup once through, either in a short start or out of the pen.

    Burnett is a hot mess.

  3. are we going to make any trades before tonight deadlinw

  4. i wanted the yanks to bring up montero 2night so he could be eligible for the playoffs just like the rays r bringing up jennings.

  5. jb226 5 years ago

    I don’t know why anybody would be surprised at this point. The Yankees have been talking all season about how they’re super-dooper happy with their roster and they’re not going to make any sort of moves.Yet they’ve been in on every major player so far. If the press hasn’t learned that the Yanks are just trying to get them off their back yet, they’re rather hopeless.

    • You do realize what you just wrote does not make sense right? They claimed Lilly. The Dodgers pulled him back. It had nothing to with the Yankees not wanting anybody because they have a “super dooper” rotation.

      Also, they have already signed Austin Kearns, Lance Berkman, and Kerry Wood during the season.

      • Vmmercan 5 years ago

        That’s exactly his point. He’s saying the Yankees are clearly not content with their roster and are always looking to improve, yet every step of the way they maintain they’re happy as is.

        And he’s right, it is to get the media off their backs because if the media implies the Yankees are “in” on someone, everyone else raises the price because they know the Yankees can afford it anyway. The best and biggest moves short of offering Sabathia something he couldn’t refuse by Cashman were mostly done in stealth.

  6. Just wondering, how did Lilly pass to the Yankees? I mean I understand he’s an extreme flyball pitcher but a team with a spacious park could obviously use him. Not to mention he’s a type A who would likely decline arbitration.

    • thegrayrace 5 years ago

      yeah, I’m somewhat baffled by that as well. Though I suspect he might accept arbitration, I’m surprised nobody other than the Yankees felt he’d be helpful this season.

      • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

        agreed x 5

      • nictonjr 5 years ago

        He accepts you trade him. See R Soriano to TB. Or you have him for one year. No sense giving him away for nothing…

  7. bonestock94 5 years ago

    I thought the Dodgers were having financial issues. Wouldn’t it be smart to shed payroll when your chances at the playoffs are NIL!? Ned Colletti is one of the more dumbfounding GMs in the game.

    • markjsunz 5 years ago

      If I am not mistaen, the cubs are paying the final 6 weeks of lillys salary. That is why the Dodgers traded the players they did.

  8. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    i wanted the yanks to bring up montero 2night so he could be eligible for the playoffs just like the rays r bringing up jennings.

    I wouldn’t really see any benefit in doing that. Who would Montero replace on the 25 man playoff roster? Certainly not Thames as he’s been a great RH DH. Berkman will be his LF counter-part. His defense isn’t good enough to warrant any time catching, especially in the playoffs where an error can cost you runs. Maybe, at best he would be a #3 C so that Posada could DH and Cervelli could catch but in that scenario Thames sits over Posada so it’s not really a net gain. I might even debate whether or not he deserves any playing time in September when games are important in our attempt to seperate ourselves. Might as well let him play as many games in AAA and bring him up once the AAA season is over. Hopefully by then we’ll have a comfortable lead over the Rays and Sox.

    • Reason in an age of unreasonable people.

    • I thought rosters expand? Please explain to me if I’m missing something because rosters expanding, means rosters expanding, you could call up players or sign players . I guess the rosters don’t saty that way for the playoffs

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        Rosters expand Sept 1. In order to be eligible for post season play, players have to be on the 25 man roster no later than Aug 31

  9. dusto 5 years ago

    Ned Colletti is retarded!

  10. thegrayrace 5 years ago

    Lilly is an L.A. guy and it would appear the Dodgers have every intention of making him an offer this off-season. I wouldn’t assume that he won’t be coming back.

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