Chat: Chat with Jerry Crasnick - SportsNation - ESPN:
"Jason (NJ) Will the Cubs move Ted Lilly or instead offer him arbitration and worst case scenario get 2 picks for him?
Jerry Crasnick (12:14 PM) Jason, It obviously depends on what they can get for him. Jim Hendry is positioned nicely with Lilly, because trade partners might think they can acquire him for a slightly lesser package than it would take to land Lee. If that package doesn't present itself, then the Cubs will keep Lilly, offer him arbitration and take the draft pick compensation."
After two off-season where players coming off 8 figure salaries have not been offered arbitration lest they accept it with a worst a 20% cut, MSM basbeall writers need to stop thinking teams will offer arbitration automatcially and get two draft picks.
Lilly is making $12MM in the final year of a four-year deal.