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Monday, September 26th, 2016

FREE AGENT SIGNING OF THE YEAR

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Well I don’t know if it applies to all of MLB but here in Chicago the Free Agent Signing of the Year (Heretofore the FASOTY) is Theodore Roosevelt Lilly.

I didn’t so much like when the Cubs signed Lilly and I thought giving Marquis a 3 year-$21 million deal was laughable. But while we wait for the Cubs to find a way to screw this up, you could point to those 2 pitchers as the main reasons they are still in it. Marquis was awesome in April and May when the Cubs were under .500. Without him they would have been done in June. And Lilly has been the best Cubs pitcher all season.

One of the reason’s I didn’t like Lilly was that he had never thrown 200 innings in any season. He has now. He’ll reach a career high in innings pitched, strikeouts and possibly wins. $10 million? He’s been worth more than that. At 15-7 with a 3.78 ERA he won’t win the Cy Young. But I’m not sure even Jim Hendry expected everything they’ve gotten from Lilly.

Here’s to you, Ted Lilly. The 2007 FASOTY.

  • http://thewaywardbus.wordpress.com Mike OD

    For the record:
    Over on Ellsworth, when it was time for April’s predictions, I said that Ted Lilly will emerge as the pitcher that the Cubs are hoping he would be. I knew he would have a stellar season in the stripes. There is more to come from him that will more than justify the price.

    How bout these last weeks of the season, huh? Can’t get any better baseball. I am loving it!!

  • http://www.windycitysportsblog.com WindyCitySportsBlog.com

    In my opinion Lilly has been the most consistent of the rotation this year. Sure he’s had his struggles too, but he was as reliable as ever in what was mostly a must win game, especially with Milwaukee facing a rookie the same night. Lilly’s season may have come down to his 2 strikeout seventh inning with one out and runners at the corners and getting Gonzalez to K on high pitch. Is it just me or would Jason Kendall have botched Soriano’s throw to nail Norris Hopper?

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