Results tagged ‘ Dodgers ’

7/31 Lilly, Theriot dealt to Dodgers

The Cubs dealt Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers Saturday in exchange for infielder Blake DeWitt and two Minor League pitching prospects.

The Dodgers also will receive cash in the trade, reportedly around $2.5 million.

Lilly was 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 starts with the Cubs and in the last year of a four-year contract with the team. He was scheduled to start Monday against Milwaukee but the Cubs may call up right-hander Thomas Diamond, who was pulled after throwing four innings on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.

Theriot lost his starting shortstop job to rookie Starlin Castro and was moved to second this year. He was batting .284 with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and 21 RBIs in 96 games.

DeWitt, 24, is a career .262 hitter with 31 doubles, six triples and 12 home runs in 230 games covering the last three seasons with the Dodgers. He’s played second, third and shortstop.

The Cubs also receive right-handed pitchers Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach from the Dodgers.
Smit has reached the Double-A level this season at the age of 22, combining to go 5-3 with six saves and a 2.35 ERA in 37 appearances between Single-A Inland Empire and Double-A Chattanooga.

Wallach, 21, was 6-0 with a 3.72 ERA in 17 starts for Class A Great Lakes, striking out 92 batters in only 84 2/3 innings pitched. He’s the son of former Dodger player and current Dodger Triple-A Manager Tim Wallach.

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Lilly & Theriot rumors

Could Ted Lilly go back to the Dodgers? According to Fox Sports, the Dodgers and Cubs have talked about Lilly and Ryan Theriot, but the catch is that the Dodgers want the Cubs to add cash in the deal. Lilly has $4.3 million remaining, Theriot $933,000.

The Cubs and Dodgers have confirmed the talks are ongoing. The catch is the money. The Cubs are trying to trim payroll, and the Dodgers don’t want to add. The trading deadline is Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

Lilly actually was drafted by the Dodgers in 1996 in the 23rd round but traded in July 31, 1998, to the Montreal Expos in a six-player swap. This season, he’s 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 starts, and has received the least amount of run support in the Major Leagues. If he went to the Dodgers, the lefty would join a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda and Vicente Padilla.

The Twins were interested in Lilly but chose to add to the bullpen, acquiring Matt Capps from the Nationals on Thursday. A Mets official told the New York Post it’s “very doubtful” they’ll get Lilly because they do not want to take on the money remaining and give up prospects.

Theriot received a $2.6 million salary for 2010 after losing an arbitration case to the Cubs. He’s under team control through 2012. The Fox report said Theriot could take over at second, sending Blake DeWitt to Triple-A. But DeWitt was batting .272 with one homer, 15 doubles, four triples and a .352 on-base percentage. Theriot is hitting .285 with one homer, 10 doubles, two triples and a .321 on-base percentage. The Padres had looked at Theriot but instead traded for Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada.

— Carrie Muskat

7/29 Lilly rumors

A New York Mets official told the New York Post on Thursday it’s “very doubtful” they’ll get Ted Lilly by the trading deadline because they do not want to take on most of the $4.37 million still owed the lefty and give up prospects. The Dodgers and Twins are still believed to be talking to the Cubs about Lilly.

— Carrie Muskat

4/11 All or nothing

On Friday, the Cubs stranded 13 on base. On Saturday, they didn’t leave anyone on base in a 4-3 win over the Reds. Saturday’s game marked the first time the Cubs ended a game with zero left on base since April 26, 2002, when they lost, 10-0, to the Dodgers.

The last time the Cubs did not leave anyone on and won was July 1, 1924, which also was a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

— Carrie Muskat

4/2 Some spring crowd noise

The Cubs averaged 10,892 fans in 14 games at HoHoKam Park this spring, drawing a total 152,493. That’s the top average home attendance in the Major Leagues this spring. This is the seventh straight year the Cubs have led the Cactus League in per game attendance.

The Cubs’ home attendance is listed as 164,046 in official MLB stats because that includes the March 13 game in Las Vegas. The Cubs were the home team that day.

They also were part of the Cactus League single-game record of 13,629, set March 28 in Peoria against the Seattle Mariners.

* The average attendance for a Cactus League game this spring was approximately 6,800 per game. The Cubs are a little more than 4,000 fans ahead of the Cactus League per game average. 

* The Cubs helped establish since-surpassed single-game marks on consecutive days in Glendale — 13,391 on March 18 vs. the Dodgers; 13,413 on March 19 vs. the White Sox. 

* The Cubs set an all-time HoHoKam Park attendance record on March 27 when they drew  13,462 fans for a game against the Padres.

* Last year, the Cubs set an all-time Cactus League record with 203,105 fans in 19 games at HoHoKam Park, an average of 10,690 per game.

* The Cubs have played in 15 of the top 20 top drawing Spring Training games of all time.

— Carrie Muskat 

3/18 Cubs & Dodgers set attendance mark

Thursday’s game between the Cubs and Dodgers drew a crowd of 13,391, a Cactus League single-game record. The previous Cactus League mark was 13,366, set March 12, 2004, at the Peoria Sports Complex between the Cubs and Mariners. The Cubs have been involved in nine of the top 10 crowds in Cactus League history. The only exception was the sixth largest crowd, 13,171, between the Diamondbacks and Mariners in Peoria on March 28, 2004.

— Carrie Muskat

3/7 Cubs vs Dodgers canceled because of rain

Sunday’s game in Mesa between the Cubs and Dodgers has been canceled because of rain. The Cubs will play the Athletics in Phoenix on Monday.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/30 3 million and counting

The Cubs topped 3 million fans at home for the sixth straight season on Wednesday. The announced crowd of 34,362 for Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Pirates pushed them over the mark. The Cubs are one of five Major League franchises to top 3 million every year since 2004 (Angels, Cardinals, Dodgers, Yankees). Through 76 home games, the Cubs have played in front of 3,023,482 with five games remaining.

— Carrie Muskat

8/27 Harden, Heilman reportedly claimed

Cubs pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman have reportedly been claimed on waivers. cited Major League sources Thursday as saying a National League team was awarded the claim on Heilman. The claiming team on Harden was not known, but presumably he did not get through the National League, either. Players must pass through their own league first before being exposed on waivers to teams in the other league.

The Cubs will have until Monday to work out trades, allow Harden and Heilman to depart on claims, or pull them back them from waivers. Harden is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break.

The Giants, Rockies and Dodgers all are interested in adding starting pitching, and Harden would be an attractive pickup. Harden is 8-7, 3.99 ERA overall in 22 starts, while Heilman is 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA.

— Carrie Muskat

Tough break

The son of Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus broke his left leg sliding into home plate during a “B” game Monday between the Dodgers and Brewers in Glendale. Ivan DeJesus Jr., who was the Dodgers’ 2008 Minor League Player of the Year, is likely out for the season with a broken lower tibia. He batted .324 last year for Double-A Jacksonville.

His father, who is a special assistant for the Cubs, was with the Puerto Rican team, preparing for the World Baseball Classic. Last Thursday, Ivan Sr. watched his son play in a big league game for the first time when the Cubs and Dodgers met at HoHoKam Park.

— Carrie Muskat