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ESPN Reporters Conflicted On Lilly-To-Los Angeles Rumors; What It Means For Paul Maholm

Depending upon who you ask at ESPN, Ted Lilly is either close to becoming a Dodger, or is closer to being a Yankee.

Buster Olney.

Heard this: The Dodgers and Cubs are closing in on a Ted Lilly trade.less than a minute ago via web


Jayson Stark disagrees here...

Sources say only real gap separating #Dodgers & #Cubs on Lilly is amount of $ Cubs would take, but could be enough to prevent a deal #tradesless than a minute ago via web


...and here.

Too soon to assume Lilly is going to #Dodgers. Sources confirm #Yankees still in on him. Yanks also asked about Theriot. #tradesless than a minute ago via web


If the Pirates are going to trade Paul Maholm, this could all be working either for or against them. On one hand, it could remove the Dodgers as a suitor for Paul Maholm, but it could ratchet up the pressure on San Diego to add a pitcher of their own. On the other, it could keep a potential bidding war between Los Angeles and San Diego for Maholm alive right up until the deadline. John Perrotto reported earlier this evening that the Pirates have interest in the Padres' Wade LeBlanc, Everth Cabrera and AA right handed pitcher Simon Castro.

UPDATE 12:47 A.M: Looks like Stark is giving ground to Olney.

Update on Buster's report: Unlikely #Cubs & #Dodgers get a Lilly deal done tonight, but source says moving in "positive" direction. #tradesless than a minute ago via web


Again, this doesn't end the Maholm talks, it just removes the Dodgers from the discussion and puts the heat on San Diego.

UPDATE 1:48 A.M.: Just a stray Ken Rosenthal tweet...

Sources: #Cubs have multiple proposals out on Lilly. #Dodgers in, but still apart on $$/players. Similar spot with #Pirates' Maholm. #MLBless than a minute ago via web


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