The Tweet Twins over at Fox Sports, Ken Rosenthal and J.P. Morosi (“J.Tweet,” as called by one of my colleagues) report interest by the Dodgers in Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot. There appears to be something to this, I’m told. The Cubs could move a few mil off the books for this year (depending on how much the Dodgers want the Cubs to pick up on Lilly), even though I’d hate to see Ted go.
Check out our column today on the idea that the Cubs are preparing to say hello to Carlos Zambrano and goodbye to Ted Lilly. Take away things like money, egregious contracts and no-trade clauses, and how messed up is that idea? Lilly is a guy you build around and someone who mentors young pitchers. The world in which we live:
Theriot may interest a lot of teams. He does just enough things well to be a valuable piece for somebody over a short period of time.
I’ll head to Denver tomorrow for deadline day, and we’ll have a reliable correspondent out there tonight for the return of you-know-who.
In the minors, Iowa beat Albuquerque 4-2 with Thomas Diamond going 4 innings and giving up 2 hits and no runs. The Iowa website says Diamond was on a pitch count, which turned out to be 64 pitches. Mitch Atkins got the win and Jeff Stevens the save.
Tennessee (AA) beat West Tenn 9-3. Brett Jackson got back on track by going 2-for-4 with a double. His updated line is .278/.388/.433. Tony Campana was 2-for-5 with a triple. Russ Canzler hit a pair of homers, giving up 14. He was a 30th-rounder in 2004. Craig Muschko pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 earned runs.
Daytona (A) won 8-3 over Palm Beach. Michael Brenly was 1-for-4, continuing his on-base ways. DJ LeMahieu was 2-for-5 with his 17th double.
Peoria (A) got a 3-2 win over Wisconsin. Recently promoted Matt Szczur, the kid out of Villanova, went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple. The Cubs drafted him this year, and he’ll play football in the fall for ‘Nova. Hak-Ju Lee was 3-for-4. Pitcher Rob Whitenack worked 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned.
Boise (A) lost 3-1 to Vancouver. Pierre LePage, who has been consistent all year, went 1-for-4. Dustin Fitzgerald pitched and gave up 1 run in 5 innings. The Cubs took him this year in the 19th round out of Hill Junior College in Texas.