Cubs manager Piniella confirms team has made offer to Lilly

Dec 6, 2006 - 7:15 PM By Drew Silverman SportsTicker Staff Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (Ticker) -- Ted Lilly could be on his way to the "Windy City."

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed Wednesday that his team has made an offer to Lilly, one of top lefthanders on the market.

"We're interested in starting pitching and Ted is one of the guys that we feel we made a very nice offer to," Piniella said. "He's competitive, he loves to pitch and we'd love to have him in Chicago."

The Cubs apparently have missed out on Jason Schmidt, who is on the verge of signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chicago already has made a major impact in free agency this offseason, signing star outfielder Alfonso Soriano and versatile infielder Mark DeRosa and re-signing third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Lilly went 15-13 with a 4.31 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays last season and owns a career record of 59-58 with a 4.60 ERA over eight major league campaigns with four teams.

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