The Dodgers have been sniffing around the trade market for weeks now, placing calls about starting pitchers and infield help. Friday, rumors are spreading that they could address both issues in one trade with Chicago:
The Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade for both left-hander Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot, according to major-league sources.
It is not known whether a deal is close. The Cubs almost certainly would need to include cash to cover part of the nearly $5 million combined that Lilly and Theriot are owed for the rest of the season.
Lilly isn't new - the Dodgers have long been one of the favorites to land him, and Minnesota is probably no longer a threat now that they've dealt for Matt Capps. Theriot, meanwhile, has had a down year, but is capable of covering the middle infield, which the Dodgers evidently consider to be a need. It's unclear how Theriot would be an upgrade over Blake DeWitt, Jamey Carroll, or even Ronnie Belliard, but the heart wants what it wants.