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.
Because of course he did.
It wasn’t just his first at bat, but it was his first pitch. It came off of John Kilichowski, an 11th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Vanderbilt. The ball went out to left center, off the bat of the lefty Tebow.
Next time, meat, throw him a breaking ball.
The other night, Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field after the second benches-clearing incident with the Yankees. It was later revealed that Benoit tore a calf muscle during the fracas, ending his season.
Yesterday he pointed the finger at just about everyone else for the incidents like the one that led to his injury. Hitters specifically. From The Star:
“I believe as pitchers we’re entitled to use the whole plate and pitch in if that’s the way we’re going to succeed,” Benoit said. “I believe that right now baseball is taking things so far that in some situations most hitters believe that they can’t be brushed out. Some teams take it personally.”
That “take it personally” line is interesting coming from Benoit as, in this instance, it seemed pretty clear that the whole plunking exchange which led to his injury started because Josh Donaldson took an inside pitch that did not seem to be a purpose pitch at all, too personally.
Did Benoit take a veiled swipe at his teammate here? If so, that’s pretty notable. If not it’s notable in another way, right? As it suggests that Benoit believes it’s OK for his teammates to take issue with inside pitches but anyone else who does is part of the problem?
Which is it, Joaquin?