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FOXSPORTS: Cubs Contact P Ted Lilly

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FOXSPORTS.com is reporting that the Cubs have contacted Ted Lilly's agent and both sides have interest in Chicago. Lilly, was believed to be heading to the West Coast, where his wife, Tasha, could continue veterinary school at the University of California at Davis.

"Third baseman Aramis Ramirez actually is guaranteed $75 million in his new five-year deal with the Cubs, not the $73 million that was initially reported.

The extra $2 million, according to sources with knowledge of the contract, comes from a buyout if the team fails to exercise his option for 2013.

Ramirez received full no-trade protection for the first four years of his deal, the sources said, and his contract stipulates that any team that acquires him in the fifth year will be obligated to exercise his sixth-year option." FOXSPORTS