According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees have signed Carlos Silva.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms Heyman’s report and adds that it is a minor league deal.
The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 4.22 ERA and an 80/24 K/BB ratio over 21 starts last season, but posted an ugly 10.90 ERA over 17 1/3 innings during spring training. The Cubs cut him loose after he refused a minor league assignment and are responsible for his $11.5 million salary for this season.
The Yankees would only have to pay him the major league minimum if he reaches the majors, so while Silva may have handled his exit from Chicago poorly, it’s worth a shot to create some depth for the starting rotation, especially in light of Phil Hughes’ recent struggles. It’s worth noting that he had success under new Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild last season.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.