Dodgers, Lilly To Pursue Extension

The Dodgers intend to pursue a multiyear deal with Ted Lilly, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX SportsESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the interest is mutual.  Rosenthal adds that Lilly wanted to sign with the Dodgers in the 2006-07 offseason, but they went with Jason Schmidt.

Lilly, 35 in January, has a 3.29 ERA, 8.5 K/9, and 1.4 BB/9 with six home runs allowed in six starts with the Dodgers since coming over from the Cubs on July 31st.  He made his season debut on April 24th due to arthroscopic shoulder surgery in November.  Lilly projects as a Type A free agent after the season, but it could be a moot point if his agents at Full Circle Sports Management hammer something out with the Dodgers before December.  Lilly's four-year, $40MM deal with the Cubs was signed in December of '06, a more freewheeling time for free agency.  He figures to accept fewer years, but probably won't take much of a salary cut.

Rosenthal also notes that the Dodgers "never engaged in serious discussions with the Padres" after the Friars won the claim on Hiroki Kuroda.

23 Responses to Dodgers, Lilly To Pursue Extension Leave a Reply

  1. WHY?!

    My goodness, Can we impeach Ned?

    • neoncactus 5 years ago

      You should read the LA Times articles about how much debt Frank has mired this team in. I think Ned’s done a pretty decent job with what he has. He’s not outstanding, but you can thank Frank and Jamie for this one.

    • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

      I disagree. He has been great since his time in Chi.(I believe he had a mid 3 ERA in Chi). He has been great in LA. Ive always liked Lilly. Hopefully he comes back

    • Glenn Strick 5 years ago

      Need to impeach the McCourts. They owe more than they paid for the Dodgers. The Dodgers need an owner like Steinbrenner was .

    • Glenn Strick 5 years ago

      Need to impeach the McCourts. They owe more than they paid for the Dodgers. The Dodgers need an owner like Steinbrenner was .

  2. The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

    lol i really forgot about jason schmidt? anyone knows whats hes doing these days?

  3. jaydubdub 5 years ago

    It’ll never happen! They won’t pay the $40m/3yrs minimum that it’ll take to land Lilly.

    This is just window dressing to keep the fans coming to the ballpark.

    • I was in attendance last night, and not even a giveaway got people in the seats, i’m sure they have leftovers of the 20K lunch bags

      I sure hope you’re right about this just being smoke and mirrors, he should be in NY rightnow.

      Let 2011 take its course as a “rebuild” season, because obviously we won’t spend, and personally I want to see some young farmhands get a shot.


    • thegrayrace 5 years ago

      Lilly is from L.A., and he’s at an age and point in his career where players tend to value playing close to home over chasing an extra million or two. I think he’ll sign with the Dodgers.

      They’re presumably going to let go of Kuroda, which is a savings of $16m/year. Padilla will become a free agent, too, and he’s making $5m. That’s more than enough to cover Lilly and another free agent pitcher.

      Despite the divorce/ownership issue, the Dodgers are certainly not going to go into 2011 with a rotation of Kershaw, Billingsley, Monasterios, Haeger and Elbert. They’ll sign a couple pitchers. It isn’t unreasonable to think Lilly will be one of them. They obviously traded for him for a reason.

      • They should keep Kuroda, who is better than Lilly and Padilla. Ely will most likely be the number 5, Elbert has almost no chance. Haeger would need a new manager who would give him time to fine-tune the knuckler.

        • thegrayrace 5 years ago

          If Kuroda will take a pay cut, I agree. $15.4m is too much.

  4. doyers 5 years ago

    they should sign him to an extension because 3 of the sp are going to be free agent including himslef.

  5. I want him to resign with the Cubs. I like Bulldog Lilly. He is a pitcher.

  6. SmackSaw 5 years ago

    He’s left handed and throws strikes. That’s a premium. Above all else, he wants to be a Dodger. Sign him.

    • thegrayrace 5 years ago

      Agreed. I’d like us to sign Lilly, let Kuroda go (unless he’ll stay for a pay cut, $15.4m is just way too much at his age), and maybe resign Padilla if he’ll take a pay cut.

      To replace Kuroda… De La Rosa? Garland? Harang? Arroyo? Millwood? Pavano? Vazquez?

  7. NYY92 5 years ago

    good move if their ble to.bills,kershaw,lilly in a rotation is good.

  8. neoncactus 5 years ago

    I’d like to see Lilly re-sign, he doesn’t have to be better than a #3-4 starter here, and that’s about right. Would like to see Kuroda, but he’d have to take a pay cut to stay here, so not sure that will happen. If we can get Lilly and Kuroda back, then I can see going with Ely or another young pitcher as the #5 starter.

    For some reason, I don’t see the Dodgers getting Cliff Lee :-)

  9. Bill B. 5 years ago

    I don’t get why some of you are hating on Lilly. He’s been solid for us and like someone said previously, he’s left handed and throws strikes. Not something to turn your nose up at especially if Kuroda does go and most likely Padilla as well. He wants to stay so sign him. And Ned has done the best he could with that carpetbagging, east coast broke @ss fiscal train wreck of an owner in charge.

  10. craigbhill 5 years ago

    Playing “Fantasy GM” is tedious. It’s fantasy. it’s not real. Ergo dull. Boring. Not gonna happen. The only fantasy point of discussion worth time is pretending Mr Ned has done a great job with few assets. For every good signing he’s pulled an a$tronomically bad (Andruw-esque) signing, and all by himself he had hamstrung the Dodgers’ ability to spend on good players even before McCourt pulled the plug. Mr Ned would have a lot of splainin to do, but Dodger fans never care to ask.

  11. Bill B. 5 years ago

    Jones was a calculated risk and it just didn’t pan out. To be fair, nobody expected Jones to show up to camp as fat as a baby calf and show such apathy during the season as he did, finally being placed on the DL for being a head case.

  12. thegrayrace 5 years ago

    I believe you. I really don’t follow the AL at all, so I wouldn’t know.

  13. lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

    We tried to trade for him to win now. We did, but it didnt work. They put every player on waivers to see what he can get. They didnt really want to trade him, but saw what was out there. The Yankees claimed him and they probably offered crap. Dodgers turned it down. The Yankees still want him, but the Dodgers are not only NOT trading him, they want to resign him.

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