An article from August 11th says that Carlos Silva is willing to sign for less money at the end of the season than he would get if he became a free agent. I was on the fence about whether or not I’d like to see him back. His current contract has him being paid $4 million this season. However, after seeing the stats for pitcher Jason Marquis, I quickly decided that Silva sticking around probably wouldn’t be too bad. The reason? In 2006 Marquis was 14-16 with an ERA a shade over 6.00. He was signed to a 3-year deal in the offseason worth $7 million per season. Silva seems to have found his confidence again this year that helped him to a 3.44 ERA in 2005 and unfortunately has pitched in shutouts in 6 of his 24 starts this season. With a projected rotation of Johan Santana, Francisco Liriano (questionable), Matt Garza, Boof Bonser, and Scott Baker/Kevin Slowey/Carlos Silva, it seems like he would be expendable. However, Boof hasn’t pitched real well and Slowey was recently sent back down to AAA. Garza and Baker have pitched well since returning to the Majors, and nobody knows how Liriano will perform. At worst Silva could be a long reliever for us, and if any one of the starters gets hurt or gets demoted he could take their place. It probably wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to have him be the 4th or 5th starter, but it all depends on just how cheap he’s willing to sign for. There’s no doubt in my mind he could sign for $7-8 million this offseason, and it sounds crazy but the market for pitching is ridiculous right now. If we could sign him for $5 million (or less!) for a 1-year deal, it’d definitely be better than money spent on Ramon Ortiz, Sidney Ponson, Rondell White, and Jeff Cirillo.
Like they said with Torii Hunter, though, Twins management has told Silva’s agent that negotiations will start in the offseason (it is possible that initial prices are being thrown around, though).
Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel have made progress and there is no word on whether either of them will hit the DL. Garrett Jones was called up to take Ortiz’s spot on the roster. Garrett can play first, left field, and DH.
Pitcher Glen Perkins was sent to AA New Britain to make a rehab start (or two) to make sure everything feels good for him. He’s already made 2 rehab starts on his way back to the Big Leagues.
Speaking of Silva, he pitches tonight against the Rangers. It’s the start of a 6-game homestand against non-AL Central teams. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 central time.