Rotoworld wrote:The Cubs and Ted Lilly have reached a preliminary agreement on a four-year, $40 million contract, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal is reporting. Well, this afternoon's reports weren't entirely accurate if this is the case, as Lilly supposedly preferred a four-year, $40 million contract from the Yankees to four years and $44 million from the Cubs. However, it seems likely that part of those reports were true, and the Yankees simply decided it wasn't worth it, especially with Andy Pettitte potentially on the horizon. Dec. 6 - 8:08 pm et Source: FOXSports.com
Amazinz wrote:OK everyone is going to rag on this signing (I think) but I think it's a good one. Lilly will do well in the NL.
I actually agree. If the Cubs want to contend (and it's clear that that's their intention), then they can't be half-assed about it. Lilly put up a 4.31 ERA and 4.06 ERA in the AL East his last two healthy years (he was never really right in '05). Stick him in the NL Central, and he should be able to put up an ERA around 3.75 to 4.00.
Also, I think it's a good move on the Cubs' part to have signed Lilly rather than Meche (assuming that they don't now go and sign Meche, which certainly isn't a given). People have been lumping Lilly and Meche into the same category this off-season, but Lilly has been a significantly better pitcher the past few years (again, I'm not really focusing on Lilly's '05 here). I just hope this doesn't mean that the Yankees sign Meche.