UPDATE (10/19/10): Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Lilly's deal is worth $33 million over three seasons.
LA Times reporters Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin report that the Dodgers wasted no time agreeing to terms with left handed starting pitcher Ted Lilly. The deal is pending a physical, and should be officially announced early next week.
The contract will cover the next three seasons, but financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. Lilly just completed the final year of a four-year $40 million contract that paid him $13 million in both 2009 and 2010.
Though Lilly could have become a free agent following the conclusion of the World Series, he instead elected instead to stay with the Dodgers who acquired him at the trading deadline along with Ryan Theriot for Blake DeWitt and minor leaguers Brett Wallach and Kyle Smit.
Lilly started 12 games for Los Angeles and pitched remarkably well. He allowed 61 hits in 76.2 innings pitched and had a spectacular 77 to 15 strikeout to walk ratio. The only measure where Lilly lacked optimal output was with the long ball, his 13 round trippers allowed helped inflate his Dodgers ERA to 3.52.
The Dodgers rotation is set 1-3 with Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsely joining Lilly. Hiroki Kuroda and Vincente Padilla both are expected to test the free agent waters.
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