During Saturday’s 7-6 split-squad loss to the Cincinnati Reds, numerous scouts, including three from the Washington Nationals, saw [Carlos Silva's] best performance of the spring. The 31-year-old veteran threw five decent innings, giving up four runs on five hits.
In addition to the Nationals, the New York Yankees are following all of Silva’s outings, according to major league sources. Both teams need to fortify their rotations. The Yankees could easily absorb most of Silva’s $12 million salary for 2011 if they like what they see from the veteran pitcher the rest of the spring.
This has the feel of the Yankees doing their due diligence. The Cubs will pay Silva $11.5 million and they have options to replace him. After the fight that he started in the dugout last week it makes sense that they will look to move him. The Yankees obviously need pitching so they’re checking in on him, but that may be all it will come to.
The only thing Silva really offers the Yankees is a healthy veteran arm as his upside isn’t tremendous to say the least. Last season his ERA+ was just 103 and over the past three years it has been just 74. Because his numbers are so low the Cubs would practically have to give him to the Yankees for them to really be interested.