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Carlos Silva agrees to minor-league contract with Red Sox

Jan 3, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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Carlos Silva spent the final season of his four-year, $48 million contract at Triple-A and the 32-year-old right-hander will likely begin 2012 there as well after agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Red Sox.

Rob Bradford of reports that Silva will earn a prorated share of $1 million if the Red Sox call him up to the majors at some point, but in the meantime he’ll join the collection of minor-league pitching depth that includes Brandon Duckworth, Charlie Haeger, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone, Jesse Carlson, Rich Hill, and Justin Thomas.

Silva was terrible in Seattle after signing his big contract, prompting the Mariners to trade him to the Cubs for Milton Bradley in a swap of disgruntled, high-salaried disappointments. He turned things around in Chicago, throwing 113 innings with a 4.21 ERA and 80/24 K/BB ratio in 2010, but wore out of his welcome with the Cubs as well and was released. Silva spent last season in the Yankees’ minor-league system, making seven starts with a 2.75 ERA.

  1. Detroit Michael - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Career earnings of $54,875,000, less taxes and agents’ commissions of course, and he still wants to play baseball if possible, willing to work his way back from the minors. +1 in my opinion.

    • mmason0071 - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Based on his physical condition when he was in Seattle, he has already eaten through all $54 million by now.

  2. baseballisboring - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Meh. But anyway, I completely forgot we had Tony Pena Jr. in our system. 3.56 ERA, 65/36 ratio in 116 IP last year in AAA. Not great, but he hasn’t been pitching for long…wouldn’t that be fun if we could turn him into a useful reliever somehow.

    I mean…decent stuff, right?

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Hi-ho, Silva!

  4. bozosforall - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    What a joke of a farm system the Red Sox have!

    • 1overmind - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Middlebrooks, Lavarnway, Ranaudo, Iglesias, Kalish, Bogaerts, Wilson… Joke? Not likely.

    • baseballisboring - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Oh yeah, Duckworth, Haeger, Tony Pena Jr and Jesse Carlson are our top prospects. You nailed it again, bozo. I think you’ve finally convinced everyone that the Red Sox are a terrible organization…your life’s work is complete. Feel free to kill yourself at any time.

      • bozosforall - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        Typical crybaby New England response. Feel free to go cry on your boyfriend’s shoulder now and maybe he will give you a reacharound while he is pounding you from the rear.

      • baseballisboring - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Jesus, what’s your problem that you would even picture that?

      • bozosforall - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

        Picture it? From what I’ve heard, that’s a pretty normal happening up there in New England, especially in this chilly time of the year. Must be why they are so gay-marriage friendly up there…not that there is anything wrong with that…for you guys.

    • jaguar49 - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      As usual, a knee-jerk idiotic statement from this dope. Check back in when you have something useful to contribute.

      • bozosforall - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        As opposed to a different kind of “jerk” that you do when you hang out with your “buddies”.

        Your desperate team also signed these losers as well: Brandon Duckworth, Charlie Haeger, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Tony Pena (Jr.), Chorye Spoone, Jesse Carlson, Rich Hill, Justin Thomas, Pedro Ciriaco, and Nate Spears.

        Slowly swirling down the drain…your 2012 Boston Red Sox.

    • bobwsc - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      wasn’t he in the Yanks minor league system last year?

      • bozosforall - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

        The Yankees dumped him after two months…so just barely.

  5. pitolove124 - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    …hmph – I’ll be 44 in April – still have a fastball that touches the low 80’s – maybe I can get a minor league deal for about 1 mill too… O_o

    • cur68 - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Huh. Me too. 44 in April. Probably get one up to around mid ’80’s striding down a mound. No idea where it’ll go, but I could do it for one or 2 pitches. Hell, I’ll buy the ice and Advil; how does one go about getting a tryout?

    • jwbiii - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Sorry pitolove124. To get the $1M you have to make the major league team out of spring training and be good enough to stay (or be injured after your contract has been purchased). The minor league part of the deal is somewhat less lucrative: $2,150/month for five months if you make the AAA team, less at lower levels. You do get a month and a half free room and board in Ft. Myers during spring training.

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