That last blog was sure fun. Triple-digit posts, all (or mostly) about Randy Wells! Wow. Thanks for the input.
Before we get to today's main subject, take a gander at MLB Trade Rumors list of minor-league free agents (gleaned from Baseball America):
They list the Cubs as follows:
RHP: Mitch Atkins (AAA), Jeff Gray (AAA)
C: Mario Mercedes (AA), Mark Reed (Hi A)
3B: Russ Canzler (AA), Scott McClain++ (AA)
OF: Jason Dubois (AAA), Bryan LaHair (AAA)
UPDATE: The Cubs also inform me that outfielder Brad Snyder was outrighted off the 40-man roster and is now a free agent. The 40-man roster stands at 36.
We'll move today to Carlos Silva before rounding out the pitching. The one thing we know about Silva is that it's always going to be something.
And we'll remove the heart scare from that equation. I was in Colorado when that happened, and you don't mess with those things.
It was an interesting ride all season long with Silva, who always seemed to come up with a crick in his neck here or a sore shoulder there. And let's not forget that in the middle of September, the Cubs shut him down because of a strained right elbow, which they said was nothing more serious than tendinitis.
From the very beginning, things were interesting. Lou appeared miffed at the beginning of spring training when Silva showed up in what Lou deemed to be not the best of shape. Silva soon rounded (bad choice of words, I know) into shape and began the season 8-0 with a 2.93 ERA through June 7. At the time, there was serious talk that Silva belonged on the NL all-star team (he didn't make it).
The ride ended with Silva finishing at 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, with 113 innings pitched. He had 13 quality starts. Seventeen of Silva’s 21 starts came before the all-star break.
As you know, Silva came to the Cubs last December from the Mariners in exchange for Milton Bradley in one of those bad-contract-for-bad-contract trades. Cubs GM Jim Hendry was able to salvage something from the self-created mess that was Bradley.
This just in: Got a message a few minutes ago from one of our regular bloggers here who said the Cubs should dump Silva this off-season. He’s owed $11.5 million for 2011, $5.5 million of which the Mariners are paying. I’m not sure there’s much of a market for Silva, but we’ll see if Hendry gets any bites next week at the GM meetings and before or after next month’s winter meetings in Orlando.
Silva was brutal in 2009 with the Mariners, as injury woes limited him to 8 games and a 1-3 record with an 8.60 ERA. For comparison’s sake, we’ll look at 2008 and 2010. In ’08 with the Mariners, Silva was 4-15 with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Here are some of the categories:
K/9 in 2008: 4.05
K/9 in 2010: 6.37
BB/9 in 2008: 1.88
BB/9 in 2010: 1.91
K/BB in 2008: 2.16
K/BB in 2010: 3.33
HR/9 in 2008: 1.17
HR/9 in 2010: 0.88
Although it seems like he’s been around forever, Silva turns 32 on April 23. He’s yet another guy you don’t build around. He’ll be heading into a contract year next season, so maybe that will provide some extra motivation.