7/25 Cubs & Lilly rumors
Ted Lilly may not be the only Cubs left-hander being closely watched heading into the trade deadline. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, scouts were at Wrigley Field Saturday to look at lefty Tom Gorzelanny. However, team officials say the Cubs aren’t interested in parting with Gorzelanny, primarily because there’s a lot of upside and he’s only making $800,000 this year and arbitration eligible next season. Lilly, on the other hand, is owed more than $4 million and the Cubs may want to move him to not only give the lefty a chance at pitching in the postseason but also take some money off the books.
The Cubs did that in July 2006 when they dealt Greg Maddux to the Dodgers. They had the same motivation August 2002 when the traded Jeff Fassero to the Cardinals and Tom Gordon to the Astros for Minor Leaguers. In August 2005, the Cubs dealt Matt Lawton to the Yankees for Minor League pitcher Justin Berg, who is now in the Chicago bullpen. The Cubs were out of the race when they made those moves. Lilly’s next start is scheduled for Tuesday in Houston. His no trade clause is believed to include the Phillies, Twins, and Rays.
– Carrie Muskat