Depending upon who you ask at ESPN, Ted Lilly is either close to becoming a Dodger, or is closer to being a Yankee.
Heard this: The Dodgers and Cubs are closing in on a Ted Lilly trade.
Jayson Stark disagrees here...
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.
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...