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.
The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.