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Cubs eat $6 million, release righty Carlos Silva

Mar 27, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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It was bound to happen.

The Cubs were pleasantly surprised by right-hander Carlos Silva last season when the veteran Venezuelan registered a 4.22 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 21 starts. But it was never meant to last.

Silva, 31, allowed 32 hits and 27 runs in just 17.1 innings this spring and lost his spot in the Cubs’ starting rotation to unproven youngster Andrew Cashner. He will now try to latch on with another organization before the start of the regular season.

The Cubs are on the hook for $6 million of the $11.5 million remaining on Silva’s deal. The other $5.5 million is still being paid by the Mariners, who accepted Milton Bradley in last December’s straight-up swap.

  1. virusgvr - Mar 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Easy come easy go!!! Screw it!!! It’s only 6 million dollars. I mean that’s only a few bucks in sports right? Meanwhile, that’s only 100-125 peoples salary’s in America!!

    • thefalcon123 - Mar 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      Umm…yes. Baseball players make a lot of money. That is what that market dictates because people spend a lot of money attending those events. I’m not exactly sure what your point is supposed to be? Should Silva give the money to charity because he didn’t make the team or something?
      I’ve always been amazed at the outrage at athletes for making millions of dollars. Odds are, Silva did a lot less harm to society with his millions than the CEO of Goldman Sachs. Yet, everyone seems to be much angrier at athletes!

  2. pisano - Mar 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Cashman, please don’t even give him a second thought. Please!!!

  3. cur68 - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Carlos Silva needs to retire and become a BP pitcher IMO. Call it a career before another set of fans comes to detest the very sound of his name and re-hab his image by helping out some hitters on his own team rather than the opposition’s.

    • Old Gator - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      Maybe he could open a children’s baseball camp with Oliver Perez? And when they’re ready to expand, they can go ask Scott Kazimir to come aboard as a silent partner.

      • cur68 - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        Nice. Fred Wilpon could own the camp. I hear Camp Crystal Lake is not being used except for one day a year.

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Mar 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      I think that financial advisor to Wilpons would be better job. If Silva was as good at that as he has been at pitching this spring it would be a big improvement!

  4. marinersnate - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    I am thinking that the Mariners should grab him. We are already paying half his salary, may as well get some innings out him in return. Sure he is terrible. But, with the exception of Felix (and maybe Pineda), so is the rest of our pitching.

    I don’t think he is really a “fit” for our bullpen though. Well, maybe if we enlarged it.

    • Old Gator - Mar 27, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      You could probably keep Carlos happy indefinitely by leaving a big tureen of Ivar’s Chowder and a box of Cow Chip Cookies in the bullpen. You could also borrow the original crapper from Doc Maynard’s so he’d have someplace to sit. And speaking of crappers, since Milwaukee has a statue of Bud Selig out front to distract the pigeons from the fans’ hats, maybe you could also borrow the Lenin statue from the Fremont CoC and put that out in front of the stadium. Then not only will Carlos feel at home, but if Lenin still has the mojo that remade Fremony from a student slum into a Yuppie utopia, maybe the team will become competitive again.

      • Old Gator - Mar 27, 2011 at 4:05 PM

        Heh – Fremont.


  5. raidergreg2000 - Mar 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    The Cubs always just plain suck…nuff said

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