A Carlos Silva reader

Posted on December 12th, 2007 – 1:33 PM
By Howard

He has gone from the most disrespected pitcher on the Twins staff — remember back to what we were writing, saying and thinking about him prior to the 2007 season — to what seems to be the prime remaining candidate among free-agent pitchers.

Yes, that’s Carlos Silva.

As the Royals fell short in their quest to obtain Japanese pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, the Kansas City Star reported: The Royals continue to view Carlos Silva as the best free-agent alternative to Kuroda but appear unwilling to meet Silva’s price of four years for $40 million or more. “If we don’t sign what we believe is an impact pitcher,” general manager Dayton Moore said, “we might be better off just creating as much flexibility as we can in our payroll going forward.”

The cheerfully analytical Mets Geek asks the question “What About That Guy. Is He Any Good?” Backed by his analysis, that Geek concludes: Combined with the fact that Silva would be coming to the slightly weaker and DH-less National League, I think he’d be a fine addition to the Mets rotation. Or at any rate, a better option than most, and one the Mets could acquire without shipping off any more young talent.

USA Today sized up Silva this way in a round-up of available free agents: He chews up innings, rarely walks batters, induces groundballs and is 55-46 lifetime. This year, that’s enough to make Silva arguably the No. 1 free agent starter available. A move away from the Metrodome’s artificial turf could make him even more effective.

During the winter meetings, the Wilmington News Journal, which covers the Phillies, offered up this analysis: Carlos Silva wants to pitch for the Phillies — again. At least that’s what Silva’s agents …are telling people around here. But Silva, one of only three free-agent pitchers to win at least 13 games last season, wants a four- or five-year contract. …Now, you could argue Silva isn’t worth a four-year, $48 million contract. He’s 55-46 with a 4.31 ERA in six seasons with the Phillies and Twins, and he’s never won more than 14 games (in 2004). Over the past two seasons, he’s 24-29 with a 5.01 ERA. And when assistant GM Mike Arbuckle said, “We don’t want to pay for a Cadillac when we’re getting a Ford Focus,” free agents like Silva popped into my mind. But, given this market for pitching, it’s hard to see Silva’s price coming down.

The market should be this sweet for bloggers.

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