According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs and Ted Lilly have reached a preliminary agreement on a 4 year deal, worth 40 million dollars. Lilly went 15-13 last season with a 4.31 ERA. This could help their chances of signing Gil Meche who has said he wouldn't mind playing for Pineilla again. Lilly will be their number 2 starter behind Carlos Zambrano. According to reports earlier, Lilly would have accepted a Yankees offer. But Yankee officials probably thought it was not worth the risk for a 59-58 career pitcher for four years.