Cubs eat $6 million, release righty Carlos Silva

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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.