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Carlos Silva “has several offers” after being released by Cubs

Apr 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

Carlos Silva

Carlos Silva, who was released by the Cubs at the end of spring training, “has several offers and will probably pick soon,” according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

By cutting Silva the Cubs ate his entire $11.5 million salary for this season, so any new team that signs him could do so for as little as the MLB minimum. If he gets a major-league deal at all, of course.

Silva appeared to turn his career around last season after being traded for Milton Bradley in a swap of undesirable contracts, posting a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts, but he was 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA in the previous two seasons and got knocked around this spring before forcing the Cubs’ hand by refusing to report to the minors.

Things ended badly for Silva in both Seattle and Chicago–although the injury wrecked Cubs rotation could probably use him right about now–but there’s a big difference between paying him $10 million and paying him $400,000. For the MLB minimum he might be able to help a team as a fifth starter.

  1. uuddlrlrbastart - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Is one of those offers to have tea with Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo?

    • phukyouk - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      i see a movie plot…

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Yeah, perhaps we cut him too soon. I’m so bummed about Cashner.

  3. asharak - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    I’m assuming two of the offers are “gas station attendant” and “off-strip Vegas casino bouncer”.

  4. gmsingh - Apr 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    I’m sure one of those offers for single A ball will be to his liking.

  5. wurst2first - Apr 8, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    “By cutting Silva the Cubs ate his entire $11.5 million salary for this season…”

    Carlos Silva will also be eating most of his $11.5 million salary when all is said and done.

  6. jwbiii - Apr 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Bridgeport, Long Island, Camden, York, Brockton, Southern Maryland. . .

  7. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if one of those teams was the Cubs…you know…because that’s just sorta how they do things.

  8. lithvak - Apr 8, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Cubs should re-sign him and release Fukudome and Soriano

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

      Not only would that be an insane precedent, but doing that unrelated second part of your request would cost them about $84 million dollars.

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