Is Ted Lilly Actually More Appealing Than Chris Capuano & Aaron Harang?

92topps_tedlillyI’m fully aware of the source here, so take it with a giant grain of salt, but I have to admit I was surprised to see this from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe this morning:

Ted Lilly, LHP, Dodgers — Growing interest in the lefty, who missed most of last season after May, as he makes his way back from shoulder surgery. There seems to be more interest in the 37-year-old Lilly than in Aaron Harang or Chris Capuano, two extra Dodgers starters who also could be dealt. The Dodgers are holding on to all of them until they are assured that Chad Billingsley is 100 percent ready after undergoing treatments to his elbow this offseason that enabled him to bypass Tommy John surgery.

The bit about Lilly apparently receiving more interest than Capuano or Harang is shocking to me, given that Lilly is A) older B) coming off a season ruined by arm injury and C) much more expensive than either. Teams can’t really have been fooled by numbers like “5-1, 3.14″ when they masked some of the worst peripherals of his career, can they? I sure hope not, but I’ve also assumed he’d be the most likely of the trio to stay just because he’d be the hardest to move. If that’s not accurate, then that’s a deal to make, quickly. For reasons we’ve discussed before — namely, his tendency to give up homers and inability to hold runners on base — he’s an imperfect relief option.

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Of course, the big news from last night was the brawl between Canada & Mexico, which was mostly precipitated by Luis Cruz essentially ordering Mexican pitcher Arnold Leon to throw at Canadian outfielder Rene Tosoni. As I sat in Madison Square Garden watching the video on my phone during halftime of the Knicks game, my first thought was, “I certainly hope Adrian Gonzalez isn’t at the bottom of that pile.”

Gonzalez was fine, but I’m trying to figure out what’s more indefensibly stupid here — Cruz’ actions over a stupid bunt by a slow-footed catcher in a situation where run differential matters, which Chad Moryiama details perfectly, or the WBC’s reasoning behind issuing no suspensions:

Because at least one club — and potentially both — will not advance to the second round, WBCI has determined that disciplinary measures would not have a meaningful corrective impact.  Thus, discipline will not be imposed beyond today’s seven game ejections.  It is our firm expectation that the members of Team Mexico, Team Canada and all the tournament’s participating teams will learn from this incident and set a better example — one that befits the sport they share — in the future.

So, you can order a beaning, start a brawl, throw a punch, and nothing happens? Awesome. You might as well just outright tell players that kind of behavior is acceptable. Mexico was eliminated when the United States beat Italy last night, but Canada plays the Americans today. You’d think that having Canadians missing today’s game, or maybe even having some Mexicans being ineligible for the first game of the next WBC, might have some sort of “meaningful corrective impact.”

Fortunately, it’s unlikely that any of this affects the actual MLB season, so Cruz should still be in the lineup on Opening Day. Both Gonzalez and Cruz should rejoin the Dodgers tomorrow.

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Dodgers
Rockies
SS
Gordon
CF
Fowler
2B
Schumaker
2B
Rutledge
CF
Kemp
RF
Cuddyer
1B
Uribe
C
Rosario
3B
Herrera
3B
Nelson
C
A.Ellis
SS
LeMahieu
RF
Castellanos
1B
Wrigley
LF
Amezaga
LF
Parker
P
Kershaw
P
Francis

Today’s Dodger game against Colorado is being broadcast only by the Rockies, but it can be seen on MLB.tv without blackout restrictions for those of you lucky enough to have it. (It’ll also be on Dodger radio, both KLAC & KTNQ.) You’ll notice that Clayton Kershaw is not only on the mound but in the lineup as well, as the team moves away from using the designated hitter so their pitchers can get some action at the plate. Matt Kemp starts in center and Yasiel Puig is expected to enter in reserve, so it’s a game worth watching if you’re able.

Also, the team has added a minor-league “B” game against the Reds today, partially due to the rain shenanigans that cost innings on Friday. Steve Ames, Stephen Fife, & Matt Magill will all see time in that game, with Matt Wallach catching.

503 comments
Technogit
Technogit

Re the Mexico/Canada brawl, can someone explain to my why Luis Cruz was in a position to "order" a bean ball and why Leon thought he should obey? That whole thing was hinky.

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*VND*

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*VND*
*VND*

*kicks ball to other side of room*



*no ones there*


*cries*

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Watching Uribes hoe run today I noticed a couple small but effective changes in his swing from last year. Besides the whole making contact without falling down thing!

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

I wonder if Jorge Jarrin is someplace right now working on his "inner city" accent. 

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

how long do u think until i become a mod on here

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

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efb
efb

@Kemps Shoe Lol lame. Why does Bills always have groin issues? 

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

@efb @Kemps Shoe We cant argue that he has no balls and has huge balls simultaneously.  We gotta pick one or the other.

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

@efb @Kemps Shoe Because he's got a fu*kin fu*kin problem. Sorry, but I have heard that song one to many times.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@efb @Kemps Shoe Because when you don't suffer from testicular atrophy. It's a lot of weight to for them groinses to support!

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