The Los Angeles Dodgers entered 2013 with eight starting pitchers for five slots and left-hander Ted Lilly occupied one of those spots. Lilly was acquired from the Chicago Cubs along with infielder Ryan Theriot in exchange for infielder Blake DeWitt and two pitching prospects at the trade deadline in 2010.
In his 12 starts with the Dodgers that year, Lilly went 7-4 with a 3.52 ERA and signed a three-year $33 million extension that October. Injuries plagued him during his tenure and the he was designated for assignment by the Dodgers in July. However, after an attempt to play winter ball in Venezuela, it looks like the 37-year-old starter is retiring accroding to Andreina Salas Guzman of ElUniversal.com:
My body in general is telling me that I can’t take any more. I feel like I don’t have the ability to continue at the Major League level.
In his Dodgers career, Lilly went 24-21 with a 3.83 ERA, but never lived up to the contract he signed. During the first month of the season Lilly claimed he was healthy enough to pitch, but the Dodgers continued to try and send him to the minor leagues. Lilly went 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in five starts in 2013 as Don Mattingly and company tried to find ways for him not to pitch.
Lilly made 13 combined starts in his last two seasons with the Dodgers and spent three different stints on the DL last season. In an attempt to continue pitching, there were reports that he and the San Francisco Giants were closing in on a deal, but it fell through in early August.
During his 15-year major league career, Lilly went 130-113 with a 4.14 ERA with the Dodgers, Cubs, Yankees, Blue Jays, A’s and Expos.
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