Lilly agrees to one-year, $4M deal with Jays
Toronto Blue Jays
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.
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.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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