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Yankees sign Carlos Silva

Posted on: April 9, 2011 5:47 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2011 5:51 pm

By Evan Brunell

SilvaThe Yankees have signed Carlos Silva to a minor-league contract, continuing the progression of aging, past-their-prime starters in hooking up with New York.

Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon were the first to sign, and both have made the team with Garcia as the No. 5 starter and Colon as long reliever. Colon impressed in relief of Phil Hughes so much on Friday that one has to think the rotation may be in his future depending on what happens with Hughes and his mysterious lost velocity. (Danny Knobler has more on Hughes here.)

Then, as the season was opening, the Yankees finally snagged Kevin Millwood on a minor-league deal. Now, Silva joins the team in the hopes he can make the big-league club. That's rather unlikely as the right-hander has a 5.82 ERA over the last three seasons in 55 starts split between the Mariners and Cubs. His 4.22 ERA over 21 starts for Chicago last season is misleading, as he essentially only had two good months and if he had pitched more than two starts over the final two months, that ERA would likely have been a lot higher.

Still, it's hard to fault the Yankees for the signing. The 31-year-old joins a team that has Larry Rothschild as pitching coach, the same one that helped Silva get off to a fast start in 2010. In addition, with the question marks surrounding Hughes, Garcia and Ivan Nova, New York needs to build as much depth as possible until they can strike for a pitcher in trade.

Silva will report to extended spring training to "get in shape" (as much as the 280 lbs. pitcher can get in shape, I suppose) and then head to Triple-A and pair with Kevin Millwood. He does have an opt-out clause in his deal, but it is likely not the usual May 1 clause most veteran players get -- such as Millwood -- on minor-league deals given May 1 is three weeks away. More likely, it's May 15 or June 1.

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Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:49 am

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

I woulda give  Colon a chance to start a couple of games.....considering the fact that he pitched very well in Boston....

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:47 am

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

Im a Yankee fan and i dont like this ...... we should be getting younger...not older.....

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:20 am

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

the cubbies are paying his salary. He did start last year 8-0 before getting hurt and shelled. Why not see what happens especially with yankee bats

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:18 am

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

they really dont have to pay anything for him. Thats all on the cubbies tab. Why not see what happens considering theyre paying him. He did wind up going 10-6 last year and i think he actually was 10-2 but then got hurt. Or whatever was wrong he had a heart problem or something. not sure. What I am sure about is he was 8-0 last year in his first 8 starts BUT HE IS CARLOS SILVA and can get shelled big time. I just think with the cubbies paying take the shot after him showing glimpse last year he can get it done especially with the yankee bats

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:15 am

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

This signing gives the Yankees some potential flexibility in their staff with Silva, Nova, Garcia and Colon, I see these moves working out well for the Yankees

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:08 am

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

Has Brian Ca$hman turned into Omar Minaya? Garcia, Colon and Silva? Too funny!

Next up....


Pedro Martinez!

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2011 11:31 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

i hope that carlos silva does for the new york yankees what he did for the seattle mariners.. nothing

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 11:25 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

I like the addition... They've done it, they now have the fattest pitching staff in team history (CC, Joba, Bartolo, Freddy and now Silva) congratulations on this achievement

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 10:57 pm

I can pitch better than Silva and I'm over 60

This has got to be a joke.  No team in fantasy baseball either mixed or AL Only came even CLOSE to drafting Silva; he is the king of dogs.  There are AT LEAST 24 pitching prospects cheaper and better than Silva.  Just check the AL Only leagues in fantasy, Cash.
Best Regards,Arthur  Tafero

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 9:33 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

Look, it's the best they can do.  They missed on Lee and lost Pettite--not for lack of effort.  Hughes is falling apart: not their fault; Burnett is still a big question mark.  The idea is to hang on until mid-summer, something that the Sux are collaborating with just fine.  Who knows, with spit, grit, and motherwit, they might make it to the playoffs ... even if that's still less than even odds.

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