According to ESPN.com, the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a deal with starting pitcher Ted Lilly. Lilly, who came to Los Angeles while the team was still in the playoff race, has agreed to a three-year deal. According to the report, the deal will not become official until Lilly passes a physical.
Lilly, 34, went 7-4 with a 3.52 ERA with the Dodgers, and finished the season at 10-12 with a 3.62 ERA. When arriving in Los Angeles during the playoff race, Lilly won his first five starts and posted a 1.38 ERA. Once the Dodgers starting falling off the rails, however, Lilly went 2-4 with a 4.89 ERA in his last seven games.
Despite his little fallout during the final weeks of the season, Lilly should be a great addition for the Dodgers next season.Lilly could have been eligible for free agency after the World Series, but the starting pitcher opted to stay with the team that originally drafted him back in 1996.
In signing Lilly, the Dodgers secure at least half of their rotation, as Lilly will rejoin Chad Billingsley, and Clayton Kershaw next year. The team will also try to resign Vicente Padilla, who went 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA this season, while pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (11-13, 3.39) might be returning to Japan, however.
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