Re: Mystery team in on Lilly?
Lilly would be a nice pick up, depending on what the price is, both in terms of players and money.
I think he's an upgrade over Volquez, simply because he's more reliable. He's lost some zip on his fastball, but has done well in a pitcher's park despite it. He's a very polished, smart veteran pitcher who can go deep into games, which would compliment the young guys in the rotation well. He also would allow the Reds to give Leake more days off, which would be very valuable in the long term.
But again, it depends on the price. He makes $13M this year, so he's owed around $4-5M the rest of the season. He is a type A free agent, so he would net the Reds two draft picks in the #15-70 range in next year's draft, so he should cost at least that much prospect wise.
I'd offer Maloney and ask for them to pay at least half of the money due.