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Current Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly was a bit of a long shot to return to the Cubs as a free agent this Winter. But it became a much longer shot recently – Lilly is selling his Chicago home.

Former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has just listed his six-bedroom, nearly 5,500-square-foot mansion just west of Wrigley Field for $2.4 million.

Lilly, 34, was traded by the Cubs to the Los Angeles Dodgers in late July.

Built in 2006, Lilly’s brick and limestone home sits on a corner lot and has six bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, a wine cellar, a wide limestone center entrance, a large gourmet kitchen, two roof decks, an attached 2.5-car heated garage and a private rear yard. He paid $2.15 million to purchase the home in early 2007. Chicago Breaking Sports.

Pfft. Only a professional athlete would try to make a profit after buying his house at the peak of the housing bubble in 2007.

Now, of course, people sell their houses for any number of reasons, and players don’t always live in the cities in which they play. But suffice it to say that in 2007, Lilly felt confident enough in his stay with the Cubs that he plopped down some cash for a house near Wrigley. Now, after being traded to the Dodgers, he’s selling that house. I think it’s safe to say that any illusions we had about Lilly returning to the Cubs as a free agent can be allowed to fade away.

A message to Ted: I promise, I’ll take good care of the place.

And now, a message to my readers: if anyone has some spare cash laying around – $5, $10, $2.4 million – I’m always willing to accept donations.

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