Yankees Ink Carlos Silva to Minor League Deal
Yankees Sign Former Chicago Cubs Pitcher Carlos Silva
The New York Yankees may have started 5-3, but their starters haven't exactly opened the season on fire.
That's why they just signed former Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Silva to a minor league deal, with the prospects of him being moved up to the majors for the minimum salary.
Phil Hughes is still young, and despite a solid season in 2010, has given up 11 runs in his first two starts of 2011.
AJ Burnett is still a question mark after a miserable 2010 that saw him post a 5.26 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.
And rookie Ivan Nova isn't even a sure thing at the back of the rotation.
With the addition of Silva, that leaves the Yankees with three other pitchers (Bartolo Colon, Kevin Millwood) to plug in if their starters struggle for an extended period of time.
And while adding Silva to the mix doesn't ensure a revamped starting rotation by any means (4.22 ERA last season), it does give them depth and the potential to throw in the hot hand.
There is, of course, the chemistry issue, however.
Silva got into a fight with Aramis Ramirez in the dugout last season, something captured on live television, which led to the Cubs not being able to trade Silva.
The Yankees signing Silva doesn't let the Cubs off the hook for the rest of his contract, either: they still have to eat about $11.5 million he's owed.
If anything, the fiery right-hander's inclusion gives the Yankees a guy that could still be productive in the majors, with the ability to cut him with little on the line if things get messy.
For a look at the 2011 Yankees, check out Brian Holt's piece.
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