So it turns out the Los Angeles Dodgers have enough money to offer multiyear contracts.
While awaiting a ruling in owner Frank McCourt’s divorce trial, the Dodgers agreed to terms on a new contract with left-hander Ted Lilly, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical examination.
The contract is for three years. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Lilly is tentatively scheduled to undergo a physical examination Tuesday afternoon, and the deal could be announced later that day.
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Lilly, who turns 35 in January, was acquired by the Dodgers from the Chicago Cubs in a multiplayer deal at the July 31 trade deadline.
The recipient of the second-worst run support in the majors at the time of the trade, Lilly was 7-4 with a 3.52 earned-run average in 12 starts with the Dodgers. He also became a mentor to 22-year-old Clayton Kershaw.
Lilly is 113-96 with a 4.18 ERA over 12 major league seasons.
A two-time All-Star, Lilly recently completed a four-year, $40 million deal. He earned $13 million this year.
By agreeing to a deal, Lilly passed on the opportunity to test the free-agent market. The Dodgers had exclusive rights to negotiate with Lilly until five days after the World Series.
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