Carlos Silva insists he's big boned

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Carlos Silva.jpgThe Tribune has a story about Carlos Silva and his weight. This is classic:

“That was one of the (bad) things with Seattle. Here, they want to get
me back on track in my pitching. They don’t worry about my size or my
weight. In Seattle, they were worried more about my weight than
anything else. I feel more comfortable here. Getting people out is what
matters. I’m not out of shape at all. Ask the trainers.”

The trainers aren’t allowed to speak with the media, but pitching coach Larry Rothschild gave an honest appraisal.

“You’d like him to lose some weight,” he said. “And we’ve talked to him about it.”

Piniella’s zinger may be the best: “Silva is a hard worker, there’s no question about it. He might be a hard eater (too).”  Lou can’t really talk, of course, but at least the Cubs aren’t expecting him to cover first or jog in from the bullpen or anything.

Such weighty issues aside, I like the Silva-Bradley trade for Chicago more than most people.  Bradley’s problem was his attitude and his mouth.  Silva’s mouth won’t be a problem all year, what with being filled with Ring-Dings and whatnot.

Mets sign Matt Purke to minors deal

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The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.

Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.

While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.