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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.


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: November 24, 2010 3:44 pm

M's add knuckleballer Haeger

Charlie Haeger The Mariners let R.A. Dickey walk away after the 2008 season, only to see him flourish with the Mets this season. Now they've decided to dip into the knuckleball pool again, announcing Wednesday that they've signed Charlie Haeger.

Haeger has pitched sparingly at the major-league level with the White Sox, Padres and Dodgers. In 2010 he came out of spring training as the Dodgers' fifth starter and made nine appearances, including six starts, going 0-4 with an 8.40 ERA. For his career, he has some very knuckeballer-like numbers: 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings, but also 6.4 walks per nine.

Haeger was a late-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2001 and quit the game a year later to go to college and try to make it as a pro golfer. He returned to the White Sox system in 2004 armed with the knuckler, which he'd developed in his time off after originally tinkering with it in high school. After not making it out of rookie ball as a traditional pitcher, he reached the majors in a little over two years.

The Mariners also signed infielder Luis Rodriguez, right-hander Chris Smith and lefty Fabio Castro. Like Haeger, they'll get invitations to major-league spring training.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 9:49 pm

Billingsley to be activated for Monday start

Chad Billingsley will be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's start against the Giants,'s Evan Drelich reports .

Billingsley went on the disabled list June 11 with a strained right groin. He is 6-4 with a  4.34 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 27 walks in 13 starts.

To make room for Billingsley, the Dodgers will likely option Jon Link to Triple-A Albuquerque. Link was called up for the third time this season on Friday when Charlie Haeger was designated for assignment. Link has made four appearances for the Dodgers this season, none since June 4.

"If it is Link, the fact that this experience [he's] having here, you take what you can get early in your career," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "Hopefully it gives you a chance to get comfortable when you come back for a more extensive stay."

At the very least, he's learned how to pack in a  hurry.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 3:18 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 3:24 pm

Dodgers tab Haeger for start

Charlie Haeger The Los Angeles Dodgers had a decision to make on who starts Thursday's game: Charlie Haeger or Claudio Vargas?

The Dodgers have opted to go with Haeger,  the Dodgers' official Twitter account says .

The knuckleballer was just 0-4 with a 8.53 ERA before hitting the disabled list with a foot injury. He made one relief appearance on June 5 before heading back to the DL with the same injury. Over seven minor-league rehab starts spread out over two DL stints, Haeger has a 4.83 ERA, walking 24 and whiffing 25.

Hardly an inspired choice to fill Carlos Monasterios' spot, but the choices were down to Haeger or Claudio Vargas. Vargas was just released by the Milwaukee Brewers after making 17 appearances out of the bullpen. He had a 7.32 ERA in those 19 2/3 innings. Having signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers, Vargas has a 1.35 ERA in two starts comprising 6 2/3 innings. It's likely that Haeger's ability to go deeper into games at this moment necessitated the call over Vargas.

Either way, the Dodgers need to get some pitching at the trade deadline, and there are conflicting reports on whether LA may have the financial and personnel flexibility to do so. They have been linked to all the usual candidates (Cliff Lee, Kevin Millwood, Roy Oswalt, Jake Westbrook), much like the Mets.

-- Evan Brunell

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