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Cubs give Andrew Cashner rotation spot, will attempt to trade Carlos Silva

Mar 26, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT


We have plenty of roster decisions pouring in from Arizona and Florida today. Here’s one of the more interesting ones.

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, 24-year-old right-hander Andrew Cashner has won the final spot in the Cubs’ starting rotation.

Carlos Silva entered spring training as the self-proclaimed favorite, but he pitched his way out of the job by putting up an ugly 10.90 ERA over 17 1/3 Cactus League innings. Cashner, on the other hand, posted a 3.97 ERA and 6/7 K/BB ratio over 11 1/3 innings.

The former 2008 first-round pick compiled a 4.80 ERA and 50/30 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings out of the bullpen last season. It’s a bit surprising to see Cashner win the job outright, but he’s the future and well, Silva is not.

The Cubs ultimately decided to carry rookie right-hander Carlos Mateo in their bullpen, which means Silva won’t even make the Opening Day roster.

“I told Carlos Silva there was not a spot for him unless there’s an injury between now and Opening Day,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “We will explore trade opportunities with other clubs.”

Silva will be a tough sell since he’s due to make $11.5 million this season, a portion of which is being paid by the Mariners. According to Carrie Muskat of, Silva said there’s “no chance” that he’ll accept a minor league assignment. He also took a shot at new Cubs pitching coach Mark Riggins on the way out the door. Classy.

Some team will likely take a chance on Silva once he’s available at the league minimum — remember, he posted a 4.22 ERA and 80/24 K/BB ratio over 113 innings last season — but he sounds like more trouble than he’s worth right now.

  1. IdahoMariner - Mar 26, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    he has always been more trouble than he was worth. The only time he was awesome for the Mariners was when he sat on the disabled list and let other guys pitch. Oh, and when he carried Ichiro on his shoulders around the field after the last game in 2009. that was cool.

    • purdueman - Mar 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      Silva was the PERFECT Cub! A loser and an out of control hothead who sucked! Cub fans will miss his annual mid-season meltdown and frequent drubbings! Won’t we all?!!!!

  2. purdueman - Mar 26, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    This is very troubling news, as it’s one of the rare times under Flubs GM Jim Hendry’s leadership that Flubs management seems to have an actual clue! I was really looking forward to the annual mid-season meltdowns by both head-cases Silva and Zambrano, but now I only have Zambrano’s annual temper tantrum to look forward to.

    On the other hand though, Silva will look very sporting in Yankee pinstripes as soon as he clears waivers and is officially released. Add another member to the Yankees growing bone-yard of has beens, folks!

    Hey uyfy! former ground breaking Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro died today. How about filling us all in as to what’s going to happen to her estate and how much her estate is going to get hit with estate taxes? Nice unique hobby you have going there, fella!

  3. frankvzappa - Mar 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    haha, yeah, Cashner was looking good today…maybe if those idiots sign Pujols after the season they will have a chance…til then, no chance, another sad year…

    • purdueman - Mar 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM

      This will be the 103rd consecutive year of losing for the Flubbies, having broken their record for the longest losing streak in the history of mankind sports last season with their 102nd consecutive year of losing!

      The Pirates haven’t broken .500 for 18 consecutive seasons now, but when it comes to losing, they are still over 8 DECADES behind catching the Flubs when it comes to losing!

      Pujois to the Cubs at the end of the season would make perfect sense, as Pena will be a free agent again (opening up IB), and the bad contracts of now lazy/disinterested Ramirez ($16.5M), mistake Fukudome ($12.5M), and about to be released Silva ($11.5M), come off the books, BUT….

      The Flubs new owner (Ricketts), is deeply concerned about how he can con/embezzle/strong arm either the City of Chicago and/or the Illinois State legislature to cough up the reported $250M needed to repair/refurbish his aged PRIVATELY OWNED Wrigley Field before one of the drunks in the bleachers gets conked on the head with a big old chunk of concrete from the crumbling structure and files a big old lawsuit.

      If you add in the estimated cost of repairs to repair Wrigley Field (which would be about half of what it would cost to replace it elsewhere), to what Ricketts paid for the Flubs, that would put him over $300M under water (based on the latest Forbes reports), over what he paid for the franchise.

      That begs the question, will Ricketts authorize another $300M expenditure needed to likely sign Pujois? His (albeit brief), track record says no. Even if the Flubs were to sign Pujois though, they still will have to find a replacement for Ramirez at third (the Cubs farm system projects to be strong enough to not miss Fukudome much).

      In the wake of the failing finances of the Dah-years and Mets, Commissioner Bud the Dud is also sabre rattling to clamp down on MLB franchise financing. That would make the Flubs going $600M in the hole in serious question, which would happen if they were to meet Pujois contract demands.

      The most important milestone of our lifetimes though comes in April, 2015, when the Flubs will officially become the first sports team in the recorded history of mankind to have achieved 100 consecutive years of losing in the same home yard/facility! Go Flubs! Make it happen!!!

  4. fivetoolmike - Mar 27, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Mateo’s first name is Marcos, not Carlos.

    • purdueman - Mar 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      ….and D.J.’s real last name is Shorty, not Short!

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