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Lilly agrees to one-year, $4M deal with Jays

1/17/2006 - MLB Ted Lilly Toronto Blue Jays + more

TORONTO -- Left-hander Ted Lilly and the Toronto Blue Jays
agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract on Tuesday.

Lilly, who avoided salary arbitration with the agreement, went
10-11 with a 5.56 ERA in 25 starts last season. He made the AL
All-Star team in 2004, when he went 12-10 with a 4.06 ERA.

Toronto's improved rotation includes Lilly, newcomer
A.J. Burnett, ace Roy Halladay, left-hander Gustavo Chacin and
right-hander Josh Towers.

The Blue Jays avoided arbitration with first baseman Lyle
Overbay and pitcher Scott Downs on Monday. Two players remain
eligible in arbitration: infielder Shea Hillenbrand (who asked for
$6.7 million and was offered $5 million) and
right-hander Pete Walker ($850,000 and $575,000).

General manager J.P. Ricciardi hasn't gone to salary arbitration
with a player since taking the job in 2001.

Lilly could make $200,000 more in bonuses based on innings:
$25,000 each for 190, 195 and 200, $50,000 for 210 and $75,000 for
215.