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Lilly started the year on the disabled list after logging only nine innings during spring training -- over which he allowed 18 runs. The Dodgers have to pay him $12 million this season, a burden they would certainly like to shed.
However, there are several factors that could stand in the way of a trade being completed this season. First and foremost, there is a general lack of interest in Lilly, considering he missed most of the 2012 season due to injury he hasn't shown he's fully recovered from yet. Lilly is also 37 years old, and though he's been effective when healthy, team's may be wary of his age and recent injury history.
Beyond these factors, Lilly's contract includes a full no-trade clause. The southpaw owns a career ERA of 4.13 over fourteen seasons in the majors, but he's maintained a mark of 3.72 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.11 over the past three years.
Los Angeles recently traded starting pitcher Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies in an attempt to unload their surplus of arms.