Red Sox Sign Carlos Silva, Ciriaco, Spears

The Red Sox have announced the signings of minor league free agents Carlos SilvaBrandon Duckworth, Charlie Haeger, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone, Jesse Carlson, Rich Hill, Justin Thomas, Pedro Ciriaco, and Nate Spears.  The signings of Spoone, Thomas, Inman, Pena, Carlson, and Hill had been reported previously.

Silva, 32, was released by the Cubs in March of 2011 with $11.5MM remaining on his contract.  He signed with the Yankees in April, but was released in July amid shoulder problems after seven minor league starts.  The control artist was useful upon his initial change of scenery, posting a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts for the 2010 Cubs after the Milton Bradley trade.  As the Red Sox press release notes, "No active hurler with at least 750.0 innings pitched has fewer walks per nine innings than Silva (1.73)."  Silva will make a prorated $1MM while in the Majors, reports WEEI's Alex Speier.    

Ciriaco, 26, was non-tendered by the Pirates in December.  The middle infielder hit .231/.243/.300 in 289 plate appearances in his second career Triple-A stint.  Spears, a versatile 26-year-old, spent the last two years in Boston's minor league system.  In 2011 he hit .248/.355/.397 in 378 plate appearances, getting his first cup of coffee with the big club.    

Haeger, a 28-year-old knuckeballer, spent 2011 with the Mariners' Triple-A club and the Red Sox' Double-A team.  He posted a 5.44 ERA, 7.7 K/9, 5.9 BB/9, and 0.92 HR/9 in 97 2/3 innings.  Mathis, a 28-year-old righty, last appeared in the bigs in 2010 with the Rangers.  As a starter for the Giants' and Athletics' Triple-A affiliates, he put up a 4.27 ERA, 6.7 K/9, 4.2 BB/9, and 0.63 HR/9 in 86 1/3 innings.  Duckworth, 35, last appeared in the Majors in 2008.  He spent 2011 with Boston's Triple-A affiliate, posting a 3.97 ERA, 6.7 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, and 0.84 HR/9 in 118 innings.


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81 Comments on "Red Sox Sign Carlos Silva, Ciriaco, Spears"


CyYoungSuppan
3 years 7 months ago

That’s a lot of signings.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

You misspelled “junk.”

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 7 months ago

Word.  Sometimes I mix up the proper spelling of the word.  Thank you, kind sir.  You are a gentleman and a scholar.

rickjimbo
3 years 7 months ago

There are not enough comments on MLBTR that star with “Word.” and then leave me imagining the commentator wearing a plush top hat and squinting through his monocle. Bravo sir and good day.

3 years 7 months ago

Isn’t Haeger the knuckleballer?

Josh Gedert
3 years 7 months ago

Yes, I guess they are looking to replace Wakefield after all.

3 years 7 months ago

Yes, and he´s really awful,  he was with the M´s last season…

Sean Ausmus
3 years 7 months ago

At 28, he’s about 5-7 years away from being a decent knuckleball pitcher.

Sean Ausmus
3 years 7 months ago

At 28, he’s about 5-7 years away from being a decent knuckleball pitcher.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

Silva? Really? Wow

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe it’s Bartolo Colon 2.0

alxn
3 years 7 months ago

Colon was actually good once upon a time

3 years 7 months ago

Silva vs Colon in a sumo match maybe …

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

Guest referee CC Sabathia

jesse heiman
3 years 7 months ago

Rich graces not available?

jesse heiman
3 years 7 months ago

Garces

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

Prince Fielder gets winner.

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

And Mo Vaughn gets winner of that one. 

StanleyHudson
3 years 7 months ago

“I want in on this Sumo thing” – Dennys Reyes

flickadave
3 years 7 months ago

Only because Ryan Howard is on the DL…

3 years 7 months ago

…for dinner.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

They have some big holes to fill in that rotation…

I don’t see him sniffing the MLB roster unless something goes horribly wrong.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

MiLC/NRI’s? (Minor league contract/non-roster invite)

RPK3113
3 years 7 months ago

Seems pointless to post the meaning of those weird abbreviations right after?

Cosmo3
3 years 7 months ago

Throw a lot of crap at the wall, something’s gonna stick

Tajiks
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah.  Crap!

3 years 7 months ago

In polite company it’s called ‘spreading your bets’. :)

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

To heck with being polite..

You can’t polish a turd.. crap smears…

This collection of retreads is rubbish. Silva and Rich hill being the only 2 doing any good. Last year they had TO many of these retread scrap heap types and Alex Wilson was forced to stay at AA longer than he should have, someone they might be needing RIGHT NOW if they hadn’t had the likes of Duckworth, Matt Fox, Millwood taking rotation slots up at pawtucket.

Why teams insist o giving these 11 Boston signed for instance jobs is just wacky.. 3-4? Sure, but wasting 45% of the AAA roster spots with rubbish is beyond crazy, when even if anyone did have to call one up they are not going to help in 99% of the cases anyway.

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

Good God. Why Silva? Also before anyone says them, let’s see if we can go a full post with no chicken and beer jokes and no “World Series her we come! LOL!” jokes. The chicken and beer is going to be a tough joke to avoid with Silva though so maybe I’ll make an exception

Justin James Pegg
3 years 7 months ago

A Red Sox fan with a sense of humor. I love this, great post bro. 

NiceGamePrettyBoy
3 years 7 months ago

Any chance of Silva sneaking into the green monster in between innings for some chicken and beer, a la Manny?

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

Well they’ve got to do something will all the left overs they had when they missed out on the playoffs…

East Coast Bias
3 years 7 months ago

Carlos Silva – this year’s Bartolo Colon

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

Minus the stem cells.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 7 months ago

And the being good for at least half a season thing.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

And the buffet.

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

Did you mean “add the buffet”?

I would think Silva visits his share of buffets. Just look at him. 

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

Well, Colon looks more like he is the buffet.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

If a hitter does good against him, he can just scream at them until they agree to strikeout. It could work.

Shawn from New Hampshire
3 years 7 months ago

that almost sounds like a Chuck Norris fact

3 years 7 months ago

you know you’re desperate for pitching when..

Oilcanoworms
3 years 7 months ago

I’m telling you, I can still throw. Sign me up!!

Love, Oil Can Boyd

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

Also on a more serious note, the one name I like there is Rich Hill

Zac Ratliff
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed

3 years 7 months ago

Carlos Silva should be eating chicken with beer with his first Red Sox paycheck, pretty sure…

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

That IS the paycheck.

Chioakcisco
3 years 7 months ago

Carlos Silva: The Red Sox’s BIGGEST signing of the offseason.

3 years 7 months ago

We should place bets on who will stick. I’ll place one on Doug Mathis. 

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

I’ll place a bet on Silva getting at least 2 MLB starts.

jordan
3 years 7 months ago

does everyone realize these are MINOR LEAGUE SIGNINGS!??!?! NOT MLB DEALS!

Josh Gedert
3 years 7 months ago

Say Whaaaattt? I thought all 12 players were going to be on the 25 man roster…

East Coast Bias
3 years 7 months ago

hahahaa poor sox had to DFA Agon and Lester to make room!

nycub
3 years 7 months ago

BREAKING NEWZ!!!!!!!!!

I’m so bored. Come on, GMs, holidays are over, let’s get on some FA signings

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

I’m not sure why people are going crazy about this. It’s a bunch of minor league signings, the kind that EVERY team will do before spring training. Carlos Silva will spend a few months in Pawtucket, probably get released, and then wind up in someone else’s farm shortly after.

The only player on this list that could have any impact on the team is Hill as a reliever.

East Coast Bias
3 years 7 months ago

You sound like me from last year.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

Suck it up and take your lumps. We had to endure the same last year with Colon, Garcia, Milwood, Silva, Jones and Chavez. TAKE IT!!!

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Lets all make a big deal about this!!!!111

CAD_Monkey
3 years 7 months ago

C’mon man, these signings clearly show that the Red Sox front office is no longer willing to spend on top tier free agents.

hallwagner
3 years 7 months ago

fun fact: carlos silva had 9 walks in 2005 (2 of which were intentional) in 188 1/3 innings, for a BB/9 ratio of 0.4. talk about control thats like cliff lee on crack (or whatever the opposite of crack is)

grownice
3 years 7 months ago

Thats pretty insane lol Too bad he cant strike out anyone or stop them from getting more then a hit per inning… shame

soundpilot
3 years 7 months ago

YES Brandon Duckworth returns

QUACK ATTACK IS BACK JACK

SixAces
3 years 7 months ago

Book titled “How to Catch Lightning.”

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Man, these Red Sox this off season. Just wow. The Bailey acquisition appears genius, almost too much so, which makes me believe he’s walking around in a cast right now or something. Or I suppose after 42 consecutive poor moves, they were bound to hit on one. 

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t understand what you’re getting at. Mostly because the last two sentences make no sense. I’ll assume you’re saying that these are all bad signings. I don’t know why people always have to point this out to people like you, but they’re minor league signings with ST invites. They’re for depth or ST competition. Haeger  will not (hopefully) start a big league game this year, if he even makes the team. Last year Colon was on a list like this for your Yanks… were you trashing the signing then? Probably not. You may also be trolling and I’m embarrassing myself by acting seriously, but more than likely you’re one of the Yankees fans that gives your fanbase a bad name…

GoAwayNow
3 years 7 months ago

Welcome to MLBTR. Century is completely unaware that he’s a troll. He takes himself serious which makes the rest of us shudder.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

Pretty sure this approach is no different than what got your precious Yankees into the playoffs last year.

They’re minor league signings that could maybe see time on the 25 man. Every GM is signing these types right now.

chris_synan1
3 years 7 months ago

ikr