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Ken Rosenthal

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The Dodgers got the left-hander they were seeking.

On Saturday, two hours before the trade deadline, Los Angeles acquired Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, along with infielder Ryan Theriot for infielder Blake DeWitt and two minor league right-handers: Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach.

Los Angeles also received $2.5 million to cover part of what remains in Lilly's $12 million salary.

''Hopefully it makes us better,'' Dodgers manager Joe Torre said before the Dodgers played the San Francisco Giants. ''That's all you can do. I just talked to Theriot and he's excited. Hopefully Ted Lilly will give us a little more stability in our rotation. I had Teddy before and I'll tell you one thing, he's a competitor.''

Third in the NL West, the Dodgers already acquired center fielder and leadoff man Scott Podsednik from Kansas City on Wednesday.

Lilly is 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA and hasn't won since June 13. He pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings against Houston on Tuesday and has allowed four earned runs over his last 16 innings. He is eligible for free agency after the season.

Theriot has a .284 average with one homer and 21 RBIs.

The 24-year-old DeWitt, a first-round pick in the 2004 amateur draft, is batting .270 with 15 doubles, one homer and 30 RBIs.

DeWitt, according to Baseball America, "provides the Cubs with a solid defender at second, but unless he adds power it's hard to see him as a starter on a championship club." (Also, see what Baseball America has to say about the prospects in the deal.)

DeWitt isn't sure what to expect with the Cubs, considering this is the first trade of his career.

''This is the first time anything like this has ever happened to me. It definitely comes as a little surprise,'' DeWitt said shortly after receiving the news. ''I haven't really had time to gather my thoughts yet. ... It happened. I appreciated the opportunity I had here. I had a lot of fun here and I look forward to the opportunity in Chicago.''

The Yankees had expressed interest in Lilly, but club officials were concerned about how Lilly would perform in the AL East at this stage of his career. After breaking into the majors with Montreal in 1999, Lilly pitched for the Yankees in 2000-02, going 8-12.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tagged: Cubs, Dodgers, Pirates, Ted Lilly, Paul Maholm, Ryan Theriot, Blake DeWitt

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