MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees In on Ted Lilly, Asked About Ryan Theriot

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IJuly 31, 2010

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN , despite rumors that Ted Lilly is going to the Dodgers, the Yankees are still in on him. They have also asked about infielder Ryan Theriot .

So, we went from a supposedly slow deadline to one where the Yankees have already added outfielder Austin Kearns and first baseman Lance Berkman .

It appears they aren’t stopping there either.

They are still looking for an upgrade over Ramiro Pena to play third base and would like to add another starter so they can move Phil Hughes to the bullpen.

Buster Olney of ESPN confirmed this when he reported last night that the Yankees weren’t done and were still searching for an upgrade for their backup third baseman.

Theriot, 30, is primarily a shortstop, but he also has experience at second and third base, although his experience at third base is limited to a handful of games back in 2006 and 2007. Because of that inexperience, the Yankees will likely look around for a better option before trying to workout a deal with the Cubs.

It seems like the Yankees would be interested in landing Lilly as an alternative to upgrading their bullpen. They have been searching for pen help, but so far the prices for reliever are ridiculous with the Blue Jays asking for either Joba Chamberlain or Jesus Montero for their reliever Scott Downs . So instead, they would add Lilly and likely move Hughes to the bullpen.

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