The Dodgers put newly acquired pitcher Ted Lilly on waivers earlier this week, but quickly pulled him back after the Yankees claimed him. The Yankees were looking for an extra starting pitcher to add down the stretch and Lilly, a former Yankee, would have been a perfect fit.
Lilly is 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA in six appearances with the Dodgers, bringing his season totals to 8-9 on the year with a 3.59 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. The Dodgers are out of contention and do not have much use for Lilly this season, but he has proved that he can pitch in LA and anchor that young rotation.
Lilly, who is making 10 million dollars this season, has put up the best numbers of his career since jumping to the National League. Despite the down economy, Lilly deserves nothing less than 10 million dollars. Yes, he will be 35 at the start of next season, but a two or three year deal would be very reasonable for the finesse pitcher.