Ted Lilly for J.A. Happ trade in works?

Jul 9, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly (30) pitches during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Photo via Newscom

Well, it’s certainly not Roy Oswalt but the Phillies appear to be on the verge of acquiring a starter as the trade deadline nears.

Fanhouse.com’s Ed Price is reporting via his Twitter page that a possible Ted Lilly-for-J.A.-Happ deal could be in the works, although nothing is confirmed as of now.

The 34-year-old Lilly has posted a 3.69 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 18 starts this season and would give the Phillies the middle-of-the-rotation arm that they so desperately need down the stretch. (Too bad Lilly can’t fix their offensive woes.)

Happ is 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA and nine Ks at the big league level this year. He also has 12 walks and his WHIP is 1.63, but he’s a young lefty with plenty of talent. If he could figure out his command troubles, a change of scenery might do him good.

We’ll see if the two clubs can work a deal out.

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