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