dcskater619 wrote:Zito is God wrote:This is arguably the worst signing (except for Padilla of course) in the entire offseason.
HA! coming from a guy who thinks "zito is god." id bet u anything lilly posts better numbers then zito this year.. some scouts believe hes the steal of this years market, and that he has better stuff then zito. On top of that, hes gonna be roughly half the price!
As a cubs fan, im very glad we signed him over Meche. He pitched well in the AL East which means he should thrive in the NL central. He strikes guys out and should have an era under 4. With our lineup, I'd say thats all we can really ask for.
One question: Have you ever actually seen Ted Lilly pitch? If you haven't, take my word for it, he's not worth the money that was offered to him, and he's certainly not going to turn out to be the "steal of the market." The guy has great games at times where you think he might be worth that someday, but for every good game he has, he averages it out with a bad game where he really just loses his focus or just doesn't have his good stuff. I suspect he will have better numbers in the NL (probably closer to a 4 ERA) because of the far easier competition, but I doubt he will ever change enough to be worth 10M a season.
As for Meche, well supposedly the Cubs are on the verge of signing him as well for a similar contract (the news is that Meche would rather become a Cub over a Jay).