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.

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