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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 1:51 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

"never beat Philly"? Thats a funny one, Phlls are so over rated like the Red Sox. You fantasy league dopes need to get out more and stop drinking the ESPN and SI Kool Aid.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:12 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

 Man vat314; you really put me in my place with that brilliant comeback.Junior, at least put a little more effort into your writing or criticism or whatever it is you are trying to convey to the CBSSportsnation.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:07 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

yanks are throwing crap up against the wall and seeing what sticks! They will be tempted soon to trade Swisher,A.Jones or one of their catchers for a big arm....they will never beat Philly with this pitching staff, and they will have to cut loose with some talent to land a big arm.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:53 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

dk13-you sound stupid

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:48 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

Hey jkidssidiottwin; exactly what type of flexiblity are we talking about? I can just see Joe Girardi asking which one of these gas-cans would like to volunteer to get shelled today or maybe who wants to eat up innings when the Yanks find themselves down by 8 runs in the 3rd inning on a daily basis. These 4 stiffs would have been a solid rotation; in 2007.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:35 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

Who's next; Tim Belcher? Perhaps Paul Byrd isn't enjoying retirement and would come back.Maybe current president of Nicaragua, Dennis Martinez could be coaxed out his political duties to give the Yanks a few innings. Of course Cashman has an ace in the hole when the feds get through with Roger in July. Looks like the asking price for King Felix just went from 3 prospects to 5 now that any fool can sense the Bronx Bombers desperation.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:27 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

Most pitchers, no matter what age, love becoming a Yankee. They know, when pitching in the pinstripes, they will get the complete plate plus the black. A pitcher is done when he can't win for the Yankees.

I already gave you this story. Boston gets rid of Jonathan Papelbon because umpires squeeze his strike zone down to "batting practice size" when pitching at Yankee Stadium. NY then adds Papelbon to their roster. After becoming a Yankee and getting all the plate plus the black, Papelbon becomes the next Red Sox throw away to become a Yankee legend.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:11 pm

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

Silva's not on the major league roster so not a big deal for NY. If he does well in the minors, then could be good for Yanks. If he falls flat like many expect then they lost nothing. Same goes for Millwood, nothing to lose only can gain. These moves for the veteran pitchers, along with a mid-season trade, and I think the Yanks rotation will round itself out by summer.

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 10:48 am

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

this is an act of desperation.  Phil Hughes's poor performance has Yankee mgmt running scared.  This is nothing to be surprised at.  Cliff Lee tells NY to GFY.  Pettite's wife puts the smack down on his a$$ and Andy finally retires.  No free agents out there worth "buying" as so many haters love to say.  It's amazing to me the Yankee farm system has not produced any Ace pitchers in quite some time... you would think that they would be all over this...  Very disapointed in the rotation, CC cant be expected to start every game.  AJ is one sunbeam away from an acid flashback and repeat of last season.  Yankee pitching is something to watch over the next few weeks... I'm not happy with it at all...

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 4:58 am

Yankees sign Carlos Silva

I'm a bit surprised the Yankees are signing just about anyone off the street especially when you spend $46 million dollars on a AAA batting practice pitcher (Kei Igawa).

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