Cubs Talkin’ Lilly with the Mets?

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Mets “have turned their attention recently to Ted Lilly“. The Mets were “considered to have the inside track for Roy Oswalt” but are back on adding Lilly to their rotation. Rumors have suggested as much in many weeks, this is not the first time Lilly to the Mets rumors have surfaced.

George Ofman reported last week that one of the players in the Mets systems the Cubs were considering was Josh Thole, a left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing catcher. The Sun-Times reported Thursday morning that the Cubs are “doing their homework on three key Mets prospects – left-hander Robert Carson and right-handers Kyle Allen and Jeurys Familia.”

Many feel Ted Lilly’s stock has dropped due to his last two outings and if Jim Hendry is going to trade Lilly, the sooner the better would be the best course of action.

Robert Carson (16), Kyle Allen (14) and Jeurys Familia (15) were ranked by Baseball America as the Mets’ 14th, 15th and 16th best prospects prior to the season.

Kyle Allen (14)
Allen was the Mets’ 24th round pick in the 2008 draft out of Bradenton, Florida (HS). Allen turned 20 on February 12.

Baseball America labeled Allen “the best unheralded prospect in the Mets system”. Allen dropped to the 24th round due to concerns over his commitment to North Carolina State “as well as his maturity.”

Allen has “an advanced changeup”, a slider, a mid 90s fastball that sits consistently in the low 90s.

Allen is 6-5 this season in 17 games, 15 starts, in High-A ball (Florida State League) with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.

Kyle Allen’s Page on

Jeurys Familia (15)
Familia was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2007. The 20-year old right-hander will turn 21 on October 10.

Familia was the Mets’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season after posting a 10-6 record in 24 games, 23 starts, with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP (109 strikeouts, 109 hits and 46 walks in 134 innings)

Baseball America stated his best asset is his arm strength. His fastball tops out at 95 and is consistently in low 90s. Familia’s future success, according to Baseball America, depends on his ability to develop his secondary pitches. Familia throws a changeup and slider, both have shown improvement, and both need work before being Major League ready.

Familia is 2-4 in 14 starts this season in High-A ball (Florida State League) with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

Jeurys Familia’s Page on

Robert Carson (16)
Carson was the Mets’ 14th round pick in the 2007 draft out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi (HS). Carson’s main pitch is his fastball that ranges from 88 – 92 and tops out at 95. Carson, a 21-year old lefty, can make his fastball cut or sink. Carson also throws a low 80s slider and a high 70s changeup … both are a work in progress but are more advanced than Jeurys Familia.

Carson is 7-5 in 17 games, 16 starts, this season in High-A ball (Florida State League) with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP … 33 walks and 69 strikeouts in 86 1/3 innings.

Robert Carson’s Page on

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