Cubs agree to four-year contract with LHP Lilly

CHICAGO (TICKER) Ted Lilly is the latest free agent to head to the “Windy City.”

The Chicago Cubs on Friday agreed to a four-year deal with the free-agent lefthander.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but sources told PA SportsTicker at last week’s winter meetings that Lilly will receive $40 million over the duration of the contract.

“We’re interested in starting pitching and Ted is one of the guys that we feel we made a very nice offer to,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said last week. “He’s competitive and he loves to pitch.”

Chicago already has made a major impact in free agency this offseason, signing star outfielder Alfonso Soriano and versatile infielder Mark DeRosa and re-signing third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Lilly went 15-13 with a 4.31 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays last season and owns a career record of 59-58 with a 4.60 ERA over eight major league campaigns with four teams.

The Cubs made another move Friday, officially agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent first baseman Daryle Ward. Chicago did not disclose financial terms of the contract, which includes a mutual option for 2008.

Ward, 31, split last season between Washington and Atlanta, hitting .308 in both stops. He totaled seven homers and 26 RBI in 130 at-bats overall.

In nine major league seasons with five National League teams, Ward owns a career .262 batting average with 83 home runs and 343 RBI.

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Updated Friday, Dec 15, 2006