Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Mets Are the Expected Target, But Are They Really?

We’ve reached that point folks. Rumors surrounding a potential deal for Chicago Cubs started Ted Lilly are such that I, like you, am obsessed. Thus, it’s the first Obsessive Trade Watch of the 2010 season.

This installment finds the New York Mets to be everyone’s expected landing spot for Lilly – if he’s traded at all, that is. Even though other teams have surfaced in recent days, including the Twins, White Sox, and Tigers, several GMs believe the Mets make the most sense for a Lilly deal.

ESPN’s Buster Olney doesn’t dispute that the Mets are taking a hard look at Lilly, but he posits that they will not actually make a move unless the pitcher they get is a clear upgrade over R.A. Dickey, who has fluked his way into a 2.63 ERA this year as a knuckleballer. It’s hard to imagine any pitcher being a clear upgrade over that ERA, but assuredly they realize that it is unsustainable. His WHIP is a less attractive (but still good) 1.264, and his success has come in just 11 games.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

3 responses to “Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Mets Are the Expected Target, But Are They Really?”

  1. Tanner

    I really want the Cubs to go after Cliff Lee this off season!!

  2. KB

    I assume that was facetious. He’s a guy you add if your thisclose to the playoffs, to get you over the top.

  3. KB

    I assume that was facetious. He’s a guy you add if your thisclose to the playoffs, to get you over the top.
    FWIW, I’d LOVE to have Cliff Lee in a Cub uni, but we’d have to outbid the Yankees this winter. I doubt we could do that, and even if we did, it would make a huge dent in the available payroll.