The Red Sox announced this afternoon that they have released Carlos Silva. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with Boston over the winter in hopes of competing for a spot in the starting rotation, but he failed to make an appearance this spring due to complications with a preexisting shoulder injury.
Silva signed a minor league deal with the Yankees last April, but was limited to just seven starts between High-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre due to shoulder woes. The 32-year-old right-hander had a 4.21 ERA over 21 starts with the Cubs in 2010.
Felix Doubront has emerged as the favorite for Boston’s fifth starter job in recent days, though Alfredo Aceves, Vicente Padilla and Andrew Miller are also in the mix.
Carlos Silva’s shoulder problems took him out of the running for a spot in the Red Sox’s rotation and manager Bobby Valentine indicated today that Aaron Cook is also unlikely to win the fifth-starter competition while recovering from shoulder problems of his own.
Valentine replied “I doubt it” when asked if Cook would have enough time to build up his arm strength, although he also told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the team still views Cook as a starter option eventually.
Silva and Cook being out of the mix leaves Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller, Felix Doubront, and Vicente Padilla battling for one spot. Aceves would be the obvious choice, assuming the Red Sox don’t feel they need him more in the bullpen.
Bobby Valentine said today that Carlos Silva is already out of the running for the Red Sox’s rotation because of shoulder inflammation.
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Silva has been “shut down” indefinitely, which leaves Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubrant, Vicente Padilla, Aaron Cook, and Andrew Miller competing for the No. 5 starter gig.
Silva was probably a long shot to win that job anyway after signing a minor-league deal with the Red Sox in January, but he was part of the team’s effort to collect a bunch of pitching depth in the hopes someone would emerge from the pack as the obvious choice.
Silva didn’t pitch in the majors at all last season, but the 32-year-old right-hander was reasonably effective for the Cubs in 2010.
Nothing is official yet, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Vicente Padilla and Alex Speier of WEEI.com says it’s a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Padilla missed nearly all of last season following neck surgery and worked strictly as a reliever for the Dodgers when healthy enough to take the mound, but it’s unclear which role he’ll fill for the Red Sox.
He could compete with fellow minor-league signings like Aaron Cook and Carlos Silva for the fifth spot in the rotation or be viewed as a late-inning bullpen option if Daniel Bard sticks as a starter.
Padilla has had a ton of trouble staying healthy over the years, but has typically been a solid mid-rotation starter when not on the disabled list and also has a 4.15 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 113 career innings as a reliever.
And as we learned last week, no matter which role Padillla winds up in he’ll be “erect, proud, shining, and solid.”
Carlos Silva spent the final season of his four-year, $48 million contract at Triple-A and the 32-year-old right-hander will likely begin 2012 there as well after agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Red Sox.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Silva will earn a prorated share of $1 million if the Red Sox call him up to the majors at some point, but in the meantime he’ll join the collection of minor-league pitching depth that includes Brandon Duckworth, Charlie Haeger, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone, Jesse Carlson, Rich Hill, and Justin Thomas.
Silva was terrible in Seattle after signing his big contract, prompting the Mariners to trade him to the Cubs for Milton Bradley in a swap of disgruntled, high-salaried disappointments. He turned things around in Chicago, throwing 113 innings with a 4.21 ERA and 80/24 K/BB ratio in 2010, but wore out of his welcome with the Cubs as well and was released. Silva spent last season in the Yankees’ minor-league system, making seven starts with a 2.75 ERA.