Bernstein: Cubs Should Dump Silva

By Dan Bernstein–

Can Carlos Silva be traded for Charlie Sheen?

It’s a win/win, folks. The Cubs get rid of their highly-disliked, out-of-shape pitcher and pick up America’s death-spiral darling, who has already played a crazy pitcher on screen.

CBS gets a new show by inserting the blubbery Silva into the cast: “Three and a Half Men.”

That deal would almost be the right conclusion of the garbage-for-garbage business that brought him here in the first place, with Jim Hendry’s brilliant decision to hand Milton Bradley a three-year, $30 million contract still paying dividends.

Bradley’s embarrassing, tumultuous stint in Chicago included clashes with umpires, teammates, media, fans, hitting coach Von Joshua and manager Lou Piniella, and ended with his suspension. He went to Seattle for Silva and cash.

Silva pitched relatively well last season, but was shelved for the year in September with a strained elbow. The Cubs did not miss him on the field after that (15-8 the rest of the way), and they certainly did not miss him off of it.

It went largely unreported last season that Silva has made few, if any, friends in the clubhouse. That he would be one of the parties involved in yesterday’s dugout scuffle is no surprise to anyone aware of how so many feel about him, Aramis Ramirez apparently included. Silva’s tendency to call out teammates has followed him here, to his fourth team in nine years.

This is a classic case of sunk cost. The money is gone whether he stays or goes, save for a $2 million buyout of the mutual option for 2012, but the Mariners already defrayed that by including the $6 million to make up the difference between his contract and Bradley’s. Though Tom Ricketts may not have the immediate liquidity to make free agent deals, this is still just bad Tribune money spent by Hendry.

Now, the decision must be made as to what is best for the Cubs, their first-year manager, and their mental well-being.

We’re not having the debate over whether it matters that teammates like each other. We’ll never be able to quantify any negative effect of a jerk’s personality, but we should hold Hendry and the Cubs to their own standard. If Bradley’s behavior necessitated his removal from the team even on the watch of an ostensibly strong, veteran skipper, why would they want Silva around this group?

He’s a fifth starter who would not be missed. Let the woebegone Cardinals pick him up as a Dave Duncan reclamation project and let them enjoy his delightful antics.

Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner can be your 4-5 starters (or, as I’d prefer, your 5-4) behind the top three of Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza. Silva may have ended up as a useless, long reliever anyway.

Cutting Silva would be a bold, decisive, symbolic stroke for a team that is counting on some young players and untested leadership.

It would be well received by all, lamented by none.

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  • Larry Horse's Arse

    With Z and Silva, the Cubs Training Staff needs a full-time psychiatrist.

  • Chicago Food Assocation


    Anyway, Cubs don’t need this bum, they have 2.5 quality starters (Zambrano I can’t count fully), they need a 4 before they need a 5. I am talking to you, Kevin Tapani.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      LOL! The Kevin Tapani reference really brought me back.

  • bigtime sucker

    OK, the boo lost in embarrasing fashion last night
    the hawk now are in home ice advantage for first round?
    the nfl and it’s union broke off mediation early yesterday
    and we are talking spring training scuffles? really? comeon that’s about as useless as talking about training camp skirmishes between offensive and defensive linemen. it’s not that i disagree with the CONTENTS of this article, just the need to write it!!!

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      I don’t even want to think about that Boo loss last night.

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    If you can get kicked off a BYU team for schtupping…..then shouldn’t BYU change the name of its team-name/mascot from “Cougars” to something else???

    • the hole in Adolfo Soriano's gold glove

      how about the byu nancyreagans?

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        Ah, just say NO to everything.

    • Harry's Phlegm

      I vote for the BYU Cougar-Shtuppers.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        As Krusty the Klown would say, “Hey, Hey!!!”.

      • Likquid Swordz

        Or the BYU Demi Moores?

    • Denver Deadite

      They should ask McMahon about this. I bet the response would be great radio.

      One of the Booyahs was defending BYU on this, saying it’s great that they have principles. Give me a freaking break. Really? It’s principled to throw a kid off a team because gave in to his natural instincts?

      Does BYU also suspend kids for being too loud when dropping a deuce?

      • bronzo

        I know they do but BYU is religious based that’s all I’m saying. I’ve worked with Mormons…They take this stuff a lot more seriously that the rest of us.

        It’s totally unrealistic i agree .but they actually talk the talk and walk the walk. Most schools just pay lip service ( how’s that for a pun) to this stuff.

      • Likquid Swordz


        I bet they do NOW!

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        I wonder if they have such a pledge or rules of personal conduct at Louisville?
        Just askin’.

      • Denver Deadite

        bronzo, a lot of schools have these kind of pledge things to stay out of trouble. Most just don’t go as far as BYU’s does.

        And, as the BYU case and the CBS/SI investigation results show, these pledges are a waste of time.

      • Spoon

        I dated a mormon girl ,for a long time, who’s whole family went to BYU… lets just say that these ideals are broken often. Don’t mormons allow for ‘much younger than normal’ relations, or is that just crazy news stories I see randomly? I know he signed a letter, but I’m shocked that it’s such a big deal from what I’ve seen.

      • bronzo

        It’s hard to argue with ouy Denver, but you realize that anybody at BYU that participtes is sports SIGNS a letter staing they won’t drink do drugs have sex etc.

        Do I think that is next to impossible for a college kid to do YES and it’s totally unrealistic.

        But that being said… he signed off on that.. and apparently that means a lot to the Mormans.

      • Likquid Swordz

        I guess if the kid had 9 wives, he would’ve been playing in last night’s game

  • Gentleman RaRa

    -The Bulls blow a 19 point lead and lose in Atlanta.
    -Sox and Cubs lose their (meaningless) spring training games. Sox still winless.
    -Cubs teammates are clobbering each other in the dugout.
    -AJ Piersynski gets a speeding ticket.

    I’m gonna chalk up yesterday as a blah day in Chicago sports!

    • Sophist

      Saving grace: that blackhawks victory and their move into the 4th spot in the Clarence Campbell Conference.

  • crash corrigan

    I would even trade Carlos Silva for Henry Silva, (living or dead?) former TV/movie tough guy actor.

  • Denver Deadite

    “this is still just bad Tribune money spent by Hendry.”

    Some time back, before the Cubs traded Bradley for Silva, Bernsie was arguing AGAINST dumping Hendry saying it wouldn’t solve anything. That the damage was already done.

    I argued that you had to get rid of Hendry before he did MORE damage. Because that’s all Hendry does right now: make mistake after mistake.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      As usual, Deadite is dead-on.

  • mikeindavenport

    I understand fighting in the dugout in late August when it’s hotter than hell, you’re out of the race, and still have a long way to go before the season’s mercifully over. Everyone is going through the motions, and tempers flare.

    Fights in spring training? Is Silva really that worried about getting a spot in the rotation? With the money he’s being paid, if he pitches REMOTELY well, he’ll get a spot.

    It’s telling that Seattle were willing to take Bradley AND pay cash to get rid of Silva.

  • Peter (in Rogers Park)

    So glad we’ve established the Cub’s soap opera story line so early. The Cubs may indeed end up needing a team psychiatrist on staff (as Larry suggested), but I would try putting a case of snickers in the dugout first. Sometimes a fella just needs a snack now and then to keep his cool. Anyway, if they keep Silva (and his case of Snickers) around they may also need to retain a cardiologist and an EMT (a joke, but barely).

    DB suggested that STL may pick up Silva if the Cubs let him go. Can you imagine Silva and Dennys Reyes warming up togather? There is definitely some potentially great marketing fodder there. What would the Nasty Boys have been called if they were all morbidly obese? Or, even better, they could call their bullpen “The Feedlot” and have it be sponsored by St. Louis based…Monsanto!

    Do the Cards still have Reyes? Now I want this to happen.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Reyes is with the Boston Red Sawx this year.

      Silva and Reyes warming up could have triggered the earthquake fault-line!

      • Likquid Swordz

        People near New Madrid fault line would’ve been on high alert

  • Beverly Brewmaster

    To me the news of the day is the Blackhawks. They rip off six wins in a row, three of which were against teams they were (let me repeat: WERE) chasing in the playoff hunt. In that span they’ve gone from outside-looking-in to home ice in the first round. And the news within the news: Jonathan Toews. It’s just awesome to watch a player in a zone like this; kind of reminds me of Hossa at the beginning of the season, only Toews is doing it with a playoff berth on the line. Looking at Toews and Derrick Rose, when is the last time Chicago teams had two legitimate MVP candidates playing at the same time?

    • Sophist

      Jordan and Frank Thomas?

      • Sophist

        Never quite won it in the same year, but Thomas was in at least top-8 from about 1992 to 1998. Jordan won it four times in that stretch.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Thank you BevBrew…the Hawks provide the only good news of the day and, therefore, ought to be the lede.
      To add icing to the cake, the Hawks will visit the President/White House next Friday March 11 when they are in D.C. to play the Caps.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        EXCELLENT point about the 2 MVP candidates.

        Last time that comes to mind was 1987 with The Hawk for the Cubbies and 87-88 with MJeff for Da Boo.


      And, they’re now in a spot where they have to step up to the buffet of bad.
      That Eastern Conference is soft. Watch a Caps game, and wonder, “why is this still the face of the NHL?”

      Hossa is carving up the ice, as well.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    Did anyone else see this? It may be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in helping you determine what MLB team you should be rooting for.

    • Jon, Montgomery

      great! loved it!

    • sophist

      LMAO. Thanks. Bad day already and going downhill. I needed that.

  • Spoon

    Not only does the weather suck this time of year, but so does the sports news… stupid end of winter…

  • meesohawnee

    Mr. Bernstein. meet Mr. Toews. Ooops. forgot.. he doesnt play in the NBA.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      That’s the essence of it, right there…something that someone said, not something that someone did.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Whose gay?

    • Spoon

      Clearly, I’m missing something…

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        “You need to start talking about hockey Bernstein”.

        “Your gay”.

  • Mike South

    I am a cub fan, but the whole team is an embarASSment, I won’t be spending any time at Clark and Addison this year. Hey Ricketts family, how do you feel now, trade the whole frickin team. GO HAWKS!!!!


    The Carlos Silva/Aramis Ramirez scuffle yesterday is the first of many headaches that Cubs’ manager Mike Quade will be dealing with in what is supposed to be another long, losing season on the North side. Have fun with that!

    I realize it’s one game, but last night’s Bulls/Hawks’ giveaway in Atlanta has me awfully disgusted today. The Bulls led this game by as many as 19 points at Philips Arena, and led by 17 at halftime. They led the Hawks for 47 minutes, only to see the Hawks’ lone offensive weapon in Al Horford single handedly win this game with a dunk with 37 seconds left to give Atlanta its first lead of the night! Horford had 31 w/16 rebounds to lead all scorers and did the heavy lifting for both teams in last night’s 83-80 Atlanta home win. There are a number of things to point the finger at. 30 Chicago points in the second half, 2 Derrick Rose points in the final 48 minutes, the Bulls going 13/21 from the free throw line…You get the picture.

    With 2 tough road games, nationally televised in Orlando tomorrow night on the four-letter, all-sports network & in Miami Sunday in a rare ABC game, here’s the formula for Bulls’ playoff downfall, folks. Poor FT shooting+poor FG shooting+inability to win tough playoff road games=DISASTER! The Bulls better hope that if they stay at #3, the Knicks aren’t their opposition in the first round. Don’t let New York’s record fool you. It looks like Carmelo Anthony & Chauncey Billups are already gelling with their new team. Billups may be getting up there in years, but he’s still pretty good on the point and has a Championship Ring on his finger. That potential Bulls/Knicks’ Round 1 matchup is far from a gimme.

    • bigtime sucker

      hey shark, i love your comments, they are usually right on the money,but why do you feel it neccesary to always name the arena names and list what network the games will be on? If it’s just your thing, it’s cool, but it’s kind of weird because it really has no implication on anything other than where to find the game on television

      • SHARK

        Actually, I don’t always name the arena or stadium where the teams play. There’s a reason why I mentioned ABC in particular for Sunday’s Bulls/Heat game. Since the alphabet network and its sister network ESPN joined TNT & NBA TV as the NBA’s national broadcast partners many years ago, the Bulls haven’t graced the ABC airwaves all that much, if at all. I think they were supposed to be on ABC a couple of times in recent years, but because they were bad at basketball, they pulled the plug and the games got sent over to WCIU 26 The U for broadcast on tape delay or at the unusual start time of 5p due to ESPN/ABC’s arrangement with the NBA.

  • General Soreness


  • Cubs are Rock Stars

    Way to go Cubs. 3 head case pitchers. I’m gonna get me some seats in the first row! Only the Cubs can stir the pot and give the fans their money’s worth. Let’s see another team step up and do that.

  • the hole in Adolfo Soriano's gold glove

    Don’t encourage the cubbs to make another knee-jerk move. The team has enough jerks already, I’m already sweating what Hendry will drag into the clubhouse next. This guy could be the next Oscar Zamora … or the last Carlos Silva.

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    Another fun night of the “Indian” last night. Loved it. Sorta tuned out da “Boo” after the first quarter, flipping back every now and again assuming that the worst thing that can happen is the Hawks actually make a game out of it… DOH!$^&%! Whatever, it stings but in a couple of days it’s just another loss, of which they really have very few… Beat the Magic and the Lebrons, won’t even remember this game.

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    As for this Silva controversy, Hendry dropped the ball last year when he should have done everything in his power after Carlos’ spectacularly surprising start to the season — 8-0 if I remember right? He’s a bad guy, always has been, always will be… you don’t think in this era of trade-deadline-deals that some potential playoff team wouldn’t have taken the bait on Silva??? (If not well before the trade deadline; it would have been a trade just to make a trade — get that ‘effin contract off the books!!! I don’t care if it’s for a bag of balls, a nice new shiny bat rack, or possibly the most valuable of all – A NEW GATORADE MACHINE FOR INSURANCE SAKE!) Hendry could have looked like a genius: get rid of Milton Bradley, receive Silva with Nintendo throwing in $6 million, and then getting Silvas contract off the books this season… Hell, he could have looked like a “nice guy” and even offered to pay for his $2 million buyout for next year! YEA!!! But alas, he was too busy complaining about how the MEAN, BAD Tribune company MADE him spend all that bad money! Really, Jim, they actually told you here’s all this $$$, now, just to be clear, we expect you to spend every last penny, BUT, if it’s spent at all wisely, YOU’RE OUTTA HERE?!? (sigh)

    If you’re looking for a good time, listen to the 5:00 hour of the “Da Ma Na” show filling in for Dan and Terry last night. They used the boys bit of “ask us anything” and it was, for the most part, quite entertaining… Lotsa Murph stuff and the answer to where “Da Ma Na” came from.


    The Cubs do not have a clubhouse leader.

    I can name three, easy, in the ‘hawks l.r. (Toews, Seebrook, Kieth)
    I can name four in the Bears, easy: (Urlacher, Kruetz (eh) Briggs, and Cutler)

    The Sox and the Bulls have theirs, although the Sox have some issues right now.
    Here is the list of potential Cubs captains:
    Dempster (pitcher, family man)
    Wood (wayward son, bullpen pitcher)
    Koyie Hill (back up catcher, from the system(?))
    That leaves. . . .Geo Soto. He came from the organization, he’s a catcher,
    but he, one time, decided it the world classic was important.
    There y’are, folks.


    And Sharp

    Well done, Bev Brew

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Yes, excellent c.r.a.p. BevBrew.

  • Camel Toe Rancher

    Where the heck are the podcasts??????????

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