Heyman: Yankees won claim for Ted Lilly


Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees recently won the waiver claim for Dodgers lefthander Ted Lilly. Team Torre pulled Lilly back, however, so he will not be traded to anyone, let alone the Bombers. Since the Yanks have the best record in baseball and thus are unable to block anyone, the fact that they claimed him indicates to me that they had sincere interest in acquiring him. Given the struggles of A.J. Burnett, Dustin Moseley, and Javy Vazquez, I can’t say I blame them, though I’m not confident with Lilly in the AL East. Oh well, moot point now anyway.

  • bexarama

    WTF are the Dodgers doing, seriously? For a decent team, what a mess of a franchise.

    • Reggie C.

      Might be a result of signing Zach Lee. The McCourts probably agreed to the signing if it meant shedding some payroll.

      • dr mrs the yankee

        Shedding payroll would mean excising Lilly instead of acquiring him and then keeping him though?

  • Mattchu12

    Would have been nice, Hiroki Kuroda would have been nicer, but I think we’ll be alright without either. CC, AJ, Javy Hughes, Pettitte, Nova, Moseley, Mitre should be good enough til the playoffs. I’m not feeling any breath on the back of my neck from Red Sox Nation.

  • j_Yankees

    For shame…I wouldn’t have minded the addition of Lilly at all.

  • EndlessMike

    The dodgers had the highest NL attendence and a playoff team last year and yet they act like the pirates.

    • Hughesus Christo

      Have you been following the McCourt divorce at all? The Dodgers don’t have any money to spend because the McCourts used it all to make it rain on their proverbial hoes.

    • Chris

      What salary did they dump besides Manny?

    • Pasqua

      They have added a few pieces, actually. Lilly, Podsednik, Barajas…not world beaters, I know, but they gave it a shot.

  • Tony

    why would they put him on waivers if they where not willing to deal him??????? I would have liked to see Lilly

    • Chris

      Just about every player is put on waivers at some point.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    I wonder what the price in a trade would’ve been.

    • Hughesus Christo

      Melky and Noesi

    • j_Yankees

      Jeter, Mo and Posada probably would have gotten it done on Torre’s end.

  • Reggie C.

    I saw this coming a week ago. Now if i could just find that post…

    Did Pettitte have a set-back or something?

    • bexarama

      Did Pettitte have a set-back or something?


      I think this was just a case of more options = better and stuff like that.

      • Mattchu12


  • MikeD

    If they put him on waivers you’d think they’d want to at least listen to the offer. I guess they figured if he made it through waivers, that would give them ability to trade him to a specific team.

    • Gonzo

      Some GM’s put their entire teams on waivers.

  • aRX

    Since the Dodgers are an NL team, weren’t the Yankees DEAD LAST in waiver priority? No one else, AL or NL, even put in a claim on Lilly? Seriously?!?

  • mustang

    “though I’m not confident with Lilly in the AL East.”

    The guy has only been lights out for LA with his last game being the lone exception. He also played in the AL east for 3 years before the Cubs.
    Moot point, but he would have been a real good addition.