The agent for Ted Lilly informed the Blue Jays this afternoon that his client will not sign with…
Part I: Q&A with John Gibbons on Lilly/Meche
You think the Jays can still get Lilly and Meche with the prices going up the way they seem to be going? John Gibbons: : You know, J.P. is trying, I know that I haven't heard anything lately. Nothing's broke yet. I think he definitely feels he can get one of them, hopefully both of them. He's going to try, I know that. Can you talk a little bit about Ted Lilly, your thoughts on him as a pitcher. John Gibbons: I see Ted, and he is starting to come into his own. He has always been one of those guys, with the potential to win a lot of ballgames, and he always ends up in double figures with victories. We always saw so much more in him and last year, we started to see that again. He finally got to 15, but on any given night, when he is on, he can dominate the best teams in baseball. He has proven that. He is sitting in a good spot right now, he's a free agent. Pitchers are in demand, left-handed pitchers are really in demand. So, you know, wherever he ends up, he is probably going to be pretty happy, you know that. Does the fact that Lilly has proven that he can pitch well against teams like the Yankees and the Red Sox, does that make him more attractive than the other options that are out there? John Gibbons: : He's proven himself. He knows Toronto. We're hoping that's a deciding factor for him. I don't know that we are going to get a hometown discount. We hope that carries some weight, but Teddy, the way I see him, summed up, he keeps getting better and better the coming years. He was an All Star two years ago, he was gaining confidence and been around the league a long time, but now I see him finally starting to believe in himself even more. As opposed to a guy like a Meche or Redman, who never pitched in the AL East? JOHN GIBBONS: Well they pitched in the American League, the whole American League is pretty hard to hit. You know, there's good hitters out there in the American League West and Central, too, so I don't think it is a big deal. But I have seen Meche pitch pretty good games against the Yankees and team we face often. But we also need guys, with experience in other divisions. We haven't had as much problem in our own division as we have had elsewhere. Can you talk a little about Meche? John Gibbons: I have always liked Meche. We saw him the past few years. A lot of what we see in Lilly, we see in Meche. He has the potential to win a lot of ballgames, and you expect him to win more game. He's one of those late bloomers. He's got that kind of arm, but we're trying to sell him pretty good right now. I think he would be a big addition. What do you know about Mark Redman: John Gibbons: I don't know a whole lot about Redman. I've seen him pitch, he did have some success, for Kansas City last year and pitched in the American League, so I don't know. We will see.
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