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Done deal: Dodgers get Ted Lilly, Ryan Theriot from Cubs [Updated]

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The Dodgers finally got their pitcher on Saturday, acquiring left-hander Ted Lilly from the Chicago Cubs with less than two hours remaining before the trade deadline.

The Dodgers also acquired infielder Ryan Theriot, who will replace Blake DeWitt at second base. The Dodgers traded DeWitt and minor league pitchers Brett Wallach -- the son of triple-A Albuquerque manager Tim Wallach -- and Kyle Smit to Chicago. The Cubs also are believed to have sent $2.5 million toward the $4.87 million owed to Lilly and Theriot for the balance of the season.

[UPDATED, 1:21 p.m.: The Dodgers also acquired reliever Octavio Dotel from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league pitcher James MacDonald and outfielder Andrew Lambo. Dotel, 36, is 2-2 with a 4.28 ERA. Lambo, who graduated from Newbury Park High School, was suspended 50 games earlier this season for violating baseball's drug policy.]

Lilly, 34, is 3-8 with a 3.69 earned-run average this season. He has not won since June 29. He last pitched at Dodger Stadium on July 9, when the Dodgers shelled him for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. He has started three games since then, giving up four runs in 20 innings, with five walks and 24 strikeouts.

Theriot, 30, was the Cubs' starting shortstop for the last two seasons and the first month of this one, but lost his job to rookie Starlin Castro. He has played second base since then. In 2007, he made cameo appearances in 2007 at third base, left field and right field.

Theriot is batting .284 with one home run, with an on-base percentage of .320 and a slugging percentage of .327.

DeWitt, 24, a former first-round draft pick, is batting .270 with one home run, with an on-base percentage of .352 and a slugging percentage of .371. He has struggled at times defensively -- he came up as a third baseman -- and the Dodgers had started veterans Jamey Carroll and Ronnie Belliard a combined 25 times at second base this season.

Baseball America ranked Wallach as the Dodgers' No. 20 prospect at the start of the season. He was the Dodgers' third-round draft pick last year, and he was 6-0 with a 3.72 ERA at Class A Great Lakes.

-- Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin

Photo: Ted Lilly. Paul Beaty / Associated Press

 
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What is the point of this deal? Is Lilly going to pitch any better than Montasterios? Theriot hit any better than DeWitt?

DeWitt > Theriot. Better OBP and drives the ball better. Lilly is a good two month rental. Dodgers must develop the farm system though.

This could be a good trade - but I am sad to see DeWitt go. I liked the kid and he was home grown.

Congratulations, Ned, you finally got your pitcher. Surely the Dodgers will steamroll their way to the top of the NL West now, because what they really needed was to add a starting pitcher who can win when he gets run support. Oh, wait a minute, the Cubs were scoring three runs a game for him this season, and Lilly is 3-9, and the Dodgers... are scoring about two runs a game since the All-Star break? But at least he's a quality pitcher with a future. Oh, wait a minute. He's 34 and he's a free agent after the season.

Well, at least they got someone else in the deal: infielder Ryan Theriot, because what they need is another potent bat in the lineup. Oh, wait a minute. Theriot has all of one home run, which he hit the other day, and an OBP of .321, worse than the .353 of the guy they traded him for, Blake DeWitt. DeWitt also has one home run but at least he's shown he can hit a few.

Well, at least, even if it doesn't work out for this year,the Dodgers won't be worse off at the end of the season, right? Oh, wait a minute: Lilly demands a decent salary, which the Dodgers no longer pay anyone new, and he walks. And the Dodgers are out two pitching prospects into the bargain.

But fear not, because the Dodgers still have Manny to carry the offense on his back. Oh, wait a minute. He's already missed 35 games and has calves in worse shape than Nomar's? He's likely to miss more games once he comes back, he's a defensive liability and his power is about as far removed as his experiment with getting in touch with his feminine side. And they could have moved him to the Angels or the White Sox, but no, they want two more months of Manny (plus years of paying his deferred ransom).

And they made no move to get Adam Dunn, who hits 40 homers no matter where he plays, instead obtaining Slugging Scott Podsednik, who has about as much power as JP.

Heckuva a job, Ned. See you in October. Fishing somewhere in Mexico, that is.

Hopefully this move gets them a World Series ring (sic).

You can be sure McCheap isn't going to offer Lilly arbitration in the off-season either just as he didn't with Randy Wolf last year so essentially the Dodgers are giving away two decent pitching prospects for a two month rental as the Theriot and DeWitt portion of the deal is a wash.

Typical Ned Coletti trade. The Dodgers will not get back into the playoffs, until Coletti goes. And mostly, Torre and his band of idiots. Bowa, Honeycutt, Mattingly, must go. No guidance at all. And I would put Manny into this group of team killers. But he won't be playing anymore anyway. Good riddance

Ok...Trade for a pitcher who: 1) you 'shelled' the last time he was in town...a (now) teammate suspects he 'doctors-up' baseballs...is just your 'average, overpaid' lefty. 2) Has publically stated he will likely resign with the Cubs after the season ends.
Be very thankful you don't have to suffer through Torre's further disapproval of your existence...ie: Orlando Hudson, Erik Stultz, Blake Dewitt...

So we give up DeWitt's potential for a second tier pitcher on the downslope of his career and a utility player who lost his starting job and has poorer numbers than DeWitt, yet hang onto a dog like Belliard? the decision making on this team is out of control. Rediculous!

the dodgers suck, this season is over. even the padres made better deadline deals. you mean with all the dodgers gave up the last couple days, they couldn't have got lee, haren, someone who could have actually helped the team? and not a bunch of mediocrities?

Dodgers will not make the play-offs till Frank McCheap leaves.Boy-cott all merchandise and games.

Well, this is good news and a great job once again by Ned Colletti, but really now, wouldn't it have been easier just to have re-signed Randy Wolf and Orlando Hudson in the off season Mr. McCourt?

These "trade" are nothing more than window-dressing to hide the fact that the Dodgers are leaderless and rudderless. Until they have the sack to sign top-tier players instead of these also-rans, they won't even get out of their division...

I'm extremely disappointed with this trade! Blake Dewitt should had been the starting 3rd basemen at the beginning of the season! This is shaping up to be a bad season personnel wise. Matt Kemp will be gone at the end of the season, Lilly won't be signed (but who cares?), No big name free agent will come to this team in it's current ownership state! Dodger fans, we are being s&^t on!

Time to support the Angels and Arte Moreno! I just moved to the OC and the Dodgers are making it too easy to switch allegiances!

For every decent acquisition Colletti makes, he comes up with 5 duds like this. Ted Lilly, 36, is the answer to what question, exactly, Ned? How to finish 3rd instead of 4th? And even that's a stretch.

PEE-THETIC. I'd have brought up Brett Wallach and gotten more out of these changes than Colletti has!

And Octavio Dotel?! One dubious step forward, two steps back? When's he pitching, mop up during a blowout?

For every negative thought made about the McCourts, i can come up with 10 about Colletti. We'd be light years better off trading him for a new peanut vendor and promoting Kin Ng.

SHE COULD NOT POSSIBLY DO WORSE.

what in the world are going to do with Theriot? He has 13 xtra base hits and little or no range and he costs 800,000?

NED JUST GOT HIS DANCING PARTNERS FOR McCHEAP AND ARE GOING TO DANCE THEMSELFS DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE N.L.WEST STANDINGS. NO BIG NAME PLAYERS THAT CAN BE INPACT PLAYERS AND A RUN TO THE DIVISION LEAD AND THE PLAYOFFS WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL McCHEAP CAN PUT UP DECENT MONEY FOR HIS 3 MILLION FANS THAT ARE READY TO RUN HIM CLEAR OUT OF TOWN.

It's official, I believe the Dodgers just tanked the season.
Something must be happening in the clubhouse, it looks like the major players in this team have already given up, a major signal was sent when Guillermo Mota struck out Furcal and Kemp with the game on the line. This couldn't be the same Guillermo that tanked so badly with the Dodgers, could it?
Could it be that lame duck Torre also gave up a while back just waiting to get out of Dodge.
None of the moves that Colletti made will have any major significance. Podsednik and Lilly are mediocre already past their effectiveness, Theriot is no better than DeWitt who it's a shame he never lived up to the expectations. And, I can't believe Colletti is not getting rid of Ramirez.

HERE WE GO AGAIN CUBBIES....TRADING GOOD PLAYERS FOR ADVERAGE ONES.. AND KEEPING ONES THAT ARE WORTHLESS TROUBLE MAKING ONES SUCH AS BIG Z (BIG ZERO). I GUESS IT IS TRUE CUBBIES WILL NEVER WIN A WORLD SERIES WITH MOVES LIKE THIS. HECK THE OWNERS DONT WANT TO PAY BIG BUCKS FOR GOOD PLAYERS THUS GIVING US THE NICK-NAME LOVABLE LOSERS. WOOOO-WHOOOO NICE JOB CHICAGO

The Dodgers problems start with the calling of the pitches. Might against might doesn't work with the good teams. Braxton and his catcher plus Joe should know that.

Most of our hitters are trying to pull the ball instead of hitting it where it's pitched. Russell Martin is a prime example of this.

Those trades suck! We got the leftovers! The season is to the point of unsalvageable!

We didn't get Roy Hobbs. The Judge is well pleased. I shoulda been a farmer.


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