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.
The Marlins announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club acquired pitcher Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Gonzalez, 24, was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Phillies to make room for outfielder Michael Saunders on the 40-man roster. The right-hander has had a rough go of it in 66 innings in the majors, owning a 6.68 ERA and a 62/14 K/BB ratio. That ratio shows there’s some potential there and the Marlins will have about five years to try and discover it.
Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants have signed catcher Nick Hundley. It’s a major league deal worth $2 million.
Hundley, who is 33, but who seems like he’s been in the bigs for about 27 years, hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 homers in 83 games for the Rockies last season. Obviously he will be the backup given the presence of Buster Posey.