Yankees Sign Carlos Silva

Chicago Cubs Carlos SilvaJust after Joe Girardi pulled Ivan Nova, who wasn’t able to even give the Yankees five innings today, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated was tweeting this:

the Yankees signed Carlos Silva

It seemed like a sick joke at the time in response to yet another Yankee starter having a bad day, but a little while later Joel Sherman of the NY Post confirmed the rumor.

This seems like a panic move as Silva is not exactly a great pitcher, or even a good one. But in all honesty there is reason to be concerned. CC Sabathia has quickly become the only known commodity in the rotation. So they are going to turn to Silva whose best season was probably 2005 when he went 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA over 188.1 innings with the Twins.

The deal was a minor league deal so this might just be competition for Kevin Millwood. For now Silva will likely be reporting to extended spring training, how long he’ll stay there is the question. Something gives me the feeling that the Yankees won’t be having a consistent starting five this season and they’ll be mixing and matching pitchers based on whose is hot.

Silva, who was cut by the Cubs earlier this season after a run-in with another teammate in the dugout, is still owed his full $11.5 million, but that will be paid by the Cubs with the Yankees picking up just the pro-rated major league minimum which is slightly over $400,000. Silva also has a mutual option included in his deal for next season that obviously will not be exercised. It does include a buyout which the Cubs are responsible for.

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One Response to Yankees Sign Carlos Silva

  1. john says:

    What/ Was Sidney Ponson too busy?