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

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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.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.