Silva Won’t Make Cubs’ Roster, Might Be Traded

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Cubs’ pitcher Carlos Silva has been told that he won’t make the major league roster.

General manager Jim Hendry informed Silva on Saturday that there’s no room for him on the roster after Andrew Cashner was named the fifth starter and Marcos Mateo won the final bullpen spot.

“I told Carlos Silva there was not a spot for him unless there’s an injury between now and Opening Day,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “We will explore trade opportunities with other clubs.”

Sliva’s $11.5 million salary in 2011 could make a trade difficult.

If the Cubs can’t find a trade partner, the Cubs could try to send Silva to Triple-A Iowa, but he has said there’s no way he’d accept an assignment to the minors.

That would leave the Cubs with no other option but to release Silva and pay his entire salary for 2011.

The Cubs acquired Silva from the Seattle Mariners in 2009 for outfielder Milton Bradley. If the Cubs release Silva, Seattle would be responsible for the $2 million buyout of Silva’s 2012 option.

Silva slammed new pitching coach Mark Riggins, saying the coach was “not straight” with him about plans for handling Silva this season.

“He had to learn he’s in the big leagues now,” Silva said.

  • BIG D

    Too bad Carlos Z was going with him

  • mike m

    what a big waste of money.Cubs will not heisatate raise ticket price. Pay all these ball player high salary with nothing to show for it.I really don”t under why people go and watch a game. It cost way too much.

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    Actually a very promising move. Cubs are not known for being able to cut losses; the real “big waste of money” was on Bradley, not Silva. That being said, Hendry is still here, so the blame game can still be made, but quite a good trade (albeit his own mess) he made getting rid of Bradley to Seattle and getting back another bad contract, with the Mariners paying a portion of it. Good to see that what is better for the future of the Cubs is more important than “saving face” and forcing a pitcher playing time just because of a horrible contract.

    Should have tried moving Silva after his fast start last year, gotta sell a player like Silva when he’s got some sort of worth, but still surprised he’s not making the opening day roster; a good sign for the future.

  • Larry

    Agree with Murph. Silva outperformed early last year and wasn’t going to continue at that pace. The Cubs weren’t in it. He should have been traded last June or July when he had some value. Now, he’s not going to have much.

  • tom sharp

    Fire Hendry! The salaries of Silva, Garza, and Zebrano could have been used to get two of the Phillies starters here. The Cubs made no serious effort to get guys like Halliday or Lee, but puss-armed Silva and Garza got all the money even though no other teams were seriously after them. Hendry is a loser like the team he works for.

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