Off Base
Three Cheers for Ted Lilly

 

July 17, 2011, 12:55 p.m.

Whatever you think of Ted Lilly and his three-year $33 million contract, you might want to thank your lucky starters to have him in Dodger blue, instead of Barry Zito.

With Zito allowing eight earned runs in 3 2/3 last night, the Giants’ left-hander sports a nifty 4.78 earned run average, to go along with a 3-2 record. Of course, Lilly’s ERA is an almost identical 4.79 going into this afternoon’s affair in Phoenix, and might very well balloon to 5.GodKnowsWhat within seconds, but L.A. is only (only) on the hook for another two years and approximately $22 million. And while you might not think so, Lilly is tradable. Kind of.

San Francisco owes Zito $36 million for 2012 and 2013, and has an $18 million option for 2014, which can be bought out for a paltry $7 mil.

You gotta love this passage, from an ESPN.com story about the Zito contract, December 29, 2006, linking Zito to the likes of Kevin Brown and Mike Hampton. “Previously, the largest contract for a pitcher was Mike Hampton’s $121 million, eight-year deal with the Colorado Rockies before the 2001 season. Kevin Brown received a $105 million deal from 1999-2005. Both players have dealt with injury problems and struggled, with Brown going 72-45 during his contract and Hampton posting a 53-48 record so far.”

Just food for thought on a Sunday afternoon.

 

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