FREE AGENT SIGNING OF THE YEAR
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.