Will Carlos Silva be on the Cubs opening day roster when camp breaks at the end of March – that is a key question. With the quality starts by Randy Wells all spring long and the emergence of Andrew Cashner as a viable 5th starter, the Cubs could be looking to move Carlos Silva when camp breaks at the end of March. Lucky for the Cubs, they have some suitors. The Washington Nationals and New York Yankees both have had scouts watching all of Silva’s starts this spring. Both teams are in need of a 5th starter to round out their rotations and the Yankees could easily absorb all or a portion of Silva’s whopping $12 million salary for the 2011 MLB schedule. Despite 2 rough starts to open up the spring and a dugout squirmish with Aramis Ramirez after a dreadful 1st inning in which Silva surrendered 6 runs when his defense committed 3 errors, Silva has put together 2 good starts and clearly still has what it takes to pitch at the major league level. Silva even pitched 5 innings in his last outing and is building up his arm strength.
This would be a great coup for the Cubs if they can find someone to take Silva, even they end up paying for part of his salary to get a deal done. Silva is not in the Cubs long-term plans and by moving Silva for something (a prospect, draft pick, saving some cash), it would be much better than outright releasing the big righty. It would also free up a spot for Cashner to open the season as the Cubs 5th starter. And even if the Cubs have an injury problem or Wells or Cashner struggles out of the gate, they still have some other young options to fall back on with James Russell and Casey Coleman who will most likely start the 2011 campaign starting in the minor leagues.