With the MLB trade deadline approaching, one pitcher who may be on the move is Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly.
Today Gordon Wittenmyer of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES provided some insight into what makes Lilly so popular with other teams strapped for pitching.
One American League scout this week said that even if the salaries were the same, he’d rather have Lilly on his staff than Houston’s Roy Oswalt, who’s also being shopped.
”He’s not afraid of anything,” the scout said. ”The guy’s got huge balls.”
Lou Piniella confirmed that sentiment by telling Wittenmyer just how big a role Lilly played on the manager’s staff. Read more…
Perhaps Lou Pinella could have used some of that pot he admitted to having smoked after watching yet another meltdown by one of his players last night. Not surprisingly, it was Milton Bradley who was the instigator this time, flinging his batting helmet in disgust and tossing a Gatorade cooler around the dugout after a bad at-bat in the team’s game versus the Chicago White Sox. (And what do baseball players have against Gatorade? If Tiger Woods ever walked into a MLB dugout, he’d probably be clubbed to death on sight.)
(Lou Pinella was shocked that this guy lost his temper.)
But while Bradley’s meltdown was tame compared to his previous antics (no announcers were screamed at) or that of teammates such as Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly earlier this season, Pinella had apparently reached his limit. So MLB.COM says he had words with Bradley in the tunnel, ending with him telling Bradley to “take his uniform off and go home.” So do you think the Cubs are regretting signing Bradley to that three year, $30 million contract in the off-season?