The Yankees claimed pitcher Ted Lilly off waivers from the Dodgers, but were not able to convince L.A. to part with the lefty.
New York is struggling with a tattered rotation , while Lilly is 5-1 with the Dodgers after being acquired from the Cubs. On the season, he has a 3.59 ERA in 155 1/3 innings in yet another strong season by the 34-year-old.
Even though the deadline for postseason rosters was midnight on August 31, the Yankees believed that Lilly would be eligible to be on New York's roster due to a loophole of having claimed Lilly prior to the deadline, the New York Daily News reports .
However, the Dodgers had zero interest in moving Lilly, as ESPN's Buster Olney reports . The Dodgers believe they are still in the postseason race, 6 1/2 games behind the Phillies for the wild card lead, and to surrender one of their better performers makes no sense with that ideal.
In addition, Lilly is an impending free agent expected to be designated with Type-A status, meaning that Lilly can fetch L.A. a first-round pick and compensatory pick if another team signs him provided the Dodgers offer him arbitration. That stands a realistic chance of happening, although the Dodgers are also interested in bringing Lilly back to help the 2011 version of the Dodgers.
UPDATE : Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Dodgers will indeed pursue an extension with the lefty.
-- Evan Brunell