Cubs Notes: Cashner, Silva, Szczur

The latest on the Cubs, who confirmed that Randy Wells will be their fourth starter…

  • An executive from another team told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that Andrew Cashner will be in the Cubs' rotation, which means Carlos Silva won't be a starter for Chicago. The Cubs will eat a considerable amount of Silva's $11.5MM salary to make him go away, according to Sherman (on Twitter).
  • However, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that trade interest in Silva did not pick up after his last outing (Twitter link). Rosenthal says the Cubs could release Silva if they don't want him in their bullpen.
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America explains that prospect Matt Szczur will be eligible for this winter's Rule 5 if he's not on the Cubs' 40-man roster because of a technicality.


16 Responses to Cubs Notes: Cashner, Silva, Szczur Leave a Reply

  1. BlueCatuli 4 years ago

    If they lose Szczur to the Rule 5 draft that would be a major front office debacle.

  2. One less Carlos in Team Carlos? Nooooo!

    Please trade for a Carlos!

  3. How would an executive from another team know that?

  4. woadude 4 years ago

    Main point is it was a lose lose trade, garbage for garbage, no one expected either to do very well.

  5. “The Cubs will eat a considerable amount of Silva’s $11.5MM salary”

    Something about Silva being eaten? Oh! the irony.

  6. CubsonTap 4 years ago

    If I remember correcty, Seattle is paying a portion of Siva’s contract this year. The question is what is the Cubs responsibility for this year?

    • jb226 4 years ago

      Silva’s salary in 2011 is $11.5MM. The Mariners are sending $5.5MM along, making him effectively a $6MM pitcher this year.

      He also has an option for next year at $12MM which is a lock to be declined, which has a $2MM buyout. I’m not sure if the Cubs would be on the hook for the 2012 buyout if they release him now.

  7. jayhonea 4 years ago

    Mariners ate 9M of Silva’s 25M contract so essentially he is gonna make 8M on the average of the 2 years. Bradley was at 11M a year I think. I think the trade will swing the Cubs way when Bradley goes to jail for beating his girlfriend. If he gets off of that then wait a week or 2 for the next felony and he will be gone for sure

  8. mmontice 4 years ago

    Who cares, they both stink.

  9. woadude 4 years ago

    It appeared to go the Cubs way last year, its the tortoise and the hare in which Seattle is looking to get the better end, but remember, he is still Milton and he will be right next to Carlos in the DFA segment.

  10. Jiujitsu411420 4 years ago

    Not sure you guys won the trade. I’m not saying the cubs won but I don’t see bradley’s value being any higher than the 10 wins he brought to Chicago last year. If he wasn’t in the rotation last year I’d hate to see what the end results would have been.

  11. If Seattle knew he was garbage, why’d they give him the contract in the first place?

  12. ophaq2 4 years ago

    Is that a joke? Silva had a decent year last year and what did Milton do? Seattle ate a nice chunk of Silva’s salary for Silva to be more valuable than Milton was. Who wins? It’s a matter of time before Milton blows up again and I’d bet any amount of money he doesn’t play more than 80 games this year.

  13. jb226 4 years ago

    Seattle certainly THOUGHT they were going to win the trade, which is why they sent the Cubs more money than it would have taken to even out the contracts.

    As it stands, Bradley did nothing good for the Mariners and got himself into trouble, including legal trouble, several times. Silva pitched fairly well but ended up injured. If you think that any team who still has Milton Bradley on their roster at this point won a trade, well… more power to you. Releasing Silva actually SAVES the Cubs money over having kept Bradley ($10MM versus $11.5-$5.5MM), so even if we acknowledge that neither player did much of anything and Silva might be released, I can’t see how the Cubs didn’t come out ahead.

    All of which ignores, of course, that the Cubs STILL have too many outfielders for too few ABs even having jettisoned him.

  14. woadude 4 years ago

    The trade worked out well enough that at the end of it, they will be off the books by the end of this year, and the Cubs will be responsible for the 2 million buyout not the Mariners, because the Cubs inherited the club option.

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