Return to Cubs seems unlikely with Ted Lilly selling Chicago home for $2.4 million

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When the Cubs traded Ted Lilly to the Dodgers two months ago there was some speculation that he could return to Chicago by re-signing as a free agent this offseason, but that seems pretty unlikely now that Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that Lilly has his “Wrigleyville mansion” on the market.
Lilly has “listed his six-bedroom, nearly 5,500-square-foot mansion just west of Wrigley Field for $2.4 million.” He reportedly paid $2.15 million for the place in early 2007, after he signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Cubs.
My favorite part of the Chicago Tribune article was this paragraph:

In a brief interview, Ryan D’Aprile of d’aprile realty confirmed that Lilly’s house is for sale, but declined to comment on it, saying that the pitcher is trying to keep the listing confidential.

Yeah, good luck with that.
If he tells everyone Derek Jeter owned the place, Lilly may or may not be able to get even more than $2.4 million.

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto reportedly asks to be traded

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Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio is reporting that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami. Jon Heyman is characterizing it as Realmuto telling the team that he “wouldn’t mind” a trade.

Either way, Realmuto has no power to force a trade. This isn’t the NBA or something. Still, it’s evidence of just how dreary a prospect remaining in Miami is for Marlins veterans in the wake of trades that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York, Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.

Realmuto, who will turn 27 just before the 2018 season, hit .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. He only has three years of service time and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He made just $562K in the 2017 and will get a big raise this year, but he’s still going to be underpaid based on his production. If the Marlins wanted to trade him, they’d get a nice return. Why they would want to trade him, I have no idea.

Expect more of this sort of thing as the Marlins slash payroll and make it clear that their immediate priorities are more about saving money and less about winning baseball games. Which may or may not be a valid goal for the team’s new owners, but is certainly a letdown for baseball players and fans.