Tag:Brandon Duckworth
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:09 pm
 

Red Sox sign Carlos Silva to minor-league deal

By C. Trent Rosecrans

After spending 2011 in the Yankees' farm system, former Mariners and Cubs right-hander Carlos Silva has signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox, the team announced on Tuesday.

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Silva was one of 12 players signed to minor-league contracts. The team also signed eight other pitchers -- Rich Hill, Brandon Duckworth, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone, Jesse Carlson, Charlie Haeger and Justin Thomas. The team also announce it had signed shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and utility man Nate Spears.

Silva is really the only reason we're writing this (despite my love of knuckleballers like Haeger), as Silva's had success in the past and the Red Sox are hoping to get lucky with him (kind of like the Yankees did with Freddie Garcia and Bartolo Colon). Silva, 32, went 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA at Double-A and Triple-A with the Yankees last season after being released by the Cubs. Chicago had acquired him in a swap of bad contracts after the 2009 season, sending Milton Bradley to Seattle. He had a nice bounce-back season in 2010, going 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA, but had a disastrous spring training and was released at the end of March.

Hill, 31, had Tommy John surgery in June after nine scoreless outings out of the bullpen for the Red Sox in 2011. The left-hander pitched for the Red Sox in 2010, as well. His best season came in 2007, when he went 11-7 with a 3.92 ERA for the Cubs.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Is it time for Boston to ditch Matsuzaka?

Daisuke Matsuzka

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Last night was Daisuke Matsuzaka's 100th career start in the big leagues -- and many in Boston are calling for it to be his last.

A Tampa offense that took five games to score seven runs this season needed only two innings to match that mark against Matsuzaka on Monday, an eventual 16-5 loss to the Red Sox.

In his 100 starts with the Red Sox, Matsuzaka's gone 46-29 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.408 WHIP, striking out 546, with those strikeout numbers decreasing with every year he's spent in the United States. His strikeout rate has gone from 8.8 per nine innings in 2007 to 7.8 last season and 5.1 in his two starts this season. Since his fourth-place finish in the Cy Young race in 2008, he's gone 13-14 with a 5.34 ERA.

In 2007, Matsuzaka had more hype than an iPad and the Red Sox paid a Steve Jobs-level price tag, too. Boston spend $51,111,111.11 just to negotiate with Matsuzaka before signing him to a six-year, $52 million contract. With two years and $20 million left on that contract, he's going to be tough to trade -- not even taking into account his no-trade clause.

The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham wrote this Tuesday morning:

The Red Sox would have to eat a bunch of money and they probably wouldn't get much back for him, maybe just a couple of mid-level prospects.

But it has to be done.

That sounds like a stretch, too. While Fenway Park isn't the kindest of habitats for pitchers, it doesn't appear a simple change of scenery is going to turn Matsuzaka around. His numbers are better on the road -- 23-13, 3.88 ERA and 1.355 WHIP away from Fenway and 23-16 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.465 WHIP at home -- but not so dramatically different for some team to take much of a chance on Matsuzaka.

Matsuzaka may or may not accept a trade, but who do the Red Sox have to replace him in the rotation? The answer is not much.

Tim Wakefield, 44, wasn't much better than Matsuzaka, relieving him and lasting just 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs with no strikeouts.

The next choice would likely be 28-year-old right-hander Alfredo Aceves. In three games this season, he's allowed three hits and two earned runs, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings. Aceves started four games for the Yankees in 2008, but just one game since.

Lefty Felix Doubront has started in the past, but his injury history -- including a sore elbow in spring -- could make the team gun-shy about putting him in the rotation.

At the minor-league level, the choices aren't a whole lot better, with the top two likely being veterans Matt Fox or Brandon Duckworth. 

Fox, 28, started one game for the Twins last season before the team waived him. The Red Sox picked up the former first-rounder and he pitched three games out of the bullpen last season.

Duckworth, 35, is 23-34 with a 4.50 ERA in 134 appearances and is 20-30 with a 5.11 ERA in 84 career starts with the Phillies, Astros and Royals.

As bad as Matsuzaka has been, Aceves may be the only option with a chance to be better, and he only has five starts in his MLB career.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Minor League free agents

There's no list like a minor league free agent list -- and Baseball America has the complete list of has-beens, shoulda-beens and never-beens.

Clay Zavada These players are any that aren't on a 40-man roster on Nov. 7 qualified for free agency if he had accumulated at least six years of service time (minors and majors) while still bound by his first uniform player contract. There are 533 on the list and here are a few that jumped out to me for various reasons (not including both Drew T. Anderson and Drew M. Anderson):

• LHP Clay Zavada (pictured) (Diamondbacks) -- great mustache.
• 1B Carlos Delgado (Red Sox) -- really.
• OF Wladimir Balentien (Reds) -- former Mariners' prospect had a monster season at Triple-A Louisville (.282/.337/.536 with 25 home runs).
• 2B Kazuo Matsui (Rockies) -- a warning for those interested in Tsuyoshi Nishioka?
• RHP Charlie Zink (Twins) -- subject of a great New Yorker article a couple of years back.
• OF Jacque Jones (Twins) -- seriously, I thought he'd retired.
• C Michael Barrett (Mets) -- ditto.
• C J.R. House (Mets) -- record-setting high school quarterback.
• RHP  Brandon Duckworth (Phillies) -- remember him?
• OF Wily Mo Pena (Padres) -- the Bronson Arroyo and cash deal for Wily Mo was a pretty good deal for the Reds.
• OF Endy Chavez (Mets) -- I've got a great bobblehead of his catch from the 2006 NLCS.
• OF Willy Taveras (Rangers) -- he's fast, so someone will give him a chance.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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