Red Sox Release Carlos Silva

The Red Sox announced that they have released pitcher Carlos Silva.  The right-hander signed a minor league deal with Boston just after the New Year.

Silva was released by the Cubs last March with $11.5MM left on his contract.  He hooked on with the Yankees shortly thereafter but was released in July as he was hampered by shoulder problems through seven minor league starts.  Silva's last big league season was with the Cubs in 2010 as he posted a 4.22 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 through 113 innings.

Had he made Boston's big league squad, Silva would have earned a base salary of $1MM for 2012.  The 32-year-old's contract also included performance bonuses and an additional $50K for winning Comeback Player of the Year.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

24 Responses to Red Sox Release Carlos Silva Leave a Reply

  1. Ryan Graywacz 3 years ago

    Nice! Solid one line article.

  2. jondogg2010 3 years ago

    Red Sox Nation is surely sad over its loss. NOT!

  3. Zach 3 years ago

    Injury really set him back in his chances for a spot. Good luck in your rehab, Carlos!

  4. EarlyMorningBoxscore 3 years ago

    Best move this off-season. 

  5. i’m acting astonished

  6. Lastings 3 years ago

     Carlos Silva winning Comeback Player of the Year, please…

  7. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    Letting go Silva is no big deal at all. Even if one of the rotation guys got injured right now he was one of the very last options to fill in. Padilla, Cook,  Doubront, and Miller would all come before him. The current plan is to open the season with Aceves and Bard as the 4-5 which is more than fine. Tazawa carried that relief momentum into ST and looks great thus far so I fully expect him to take Aceves job in the pen and thrive. Bowden has looked really good in relief as well. Padilla could be the long man/SS/depth guy.

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      From everything I’ve read it sounds like Doubront is the leading candidate for the #5 spot, with Aceves sticking in the ‘pen.  I’m also not so sure about Tazawa sticking in Boston, mostly because he still has options left unlike Miller, Doubront, and Bowden.  I could see Padilla either pitching in long relief/making spot starts (kind of like Aceves did last year) or going to Pawtucket to stay stretched out as a starter. 

      • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

        I think it was on the Sox web page that Valentine said he is leaning towards opening with Aceves (Bard is a given at first). If that happens and Doubront doesn’t make the rotation I think Felix breaks camp in the pen and Miller is released. If Aceves breaks camp as a starter I would bet Tazawa breaks camp in the pen.

        • MaineSox 3 years ago

          Valentine has refused to make comments about the rotation to this point, so I haven’t seen anything from him saying that he was leaning toward Aceves (he refuses to even say that Bard is for sure in the rotation).  But all of the writers (for what their opinions are worth) have been saying that Doubront seems to be the leading candidate (Abraham, Cafardo, Speier, Bradford et al).  Most expect Aceves to end up back in the ‘pen because of his versatility (I’ve seen the words Relief Ace thrown out there a couple time, but I don’t recall if it was from Valentine).

          • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

            My bad. From looking back some articles I think I was referring to McClure saying they would have to give him serous consideration because of the way he has pitched in ST. So not Valentine but McClure and that could interpreted many ways. Yeah I have read a lot about how no matter how well he does writers and such still guess he is pen bound because of his versatility. Sad if it happens I think we got enough talent to make an above average pen without him.  

          • MaineSox 3 years ago

            I personally think Doubront is a better option for 5th starter anyway.  Aceves has done well out of the ‘pen, but his peripheral stats suggest a major regression in his performance, and his numbers as a starter suggest that he was barely mediocre in that role.

            People might look at me funny when I say this, but I’ve thought for a long time that teams need to bring back the relief ace, and I think Aceves could do well in that role.  You really have to have a guy with the mix of pitches to be a starter, but a rubber arm like a good reliever (which Ace seems to have); I can only imagine that having a guy who can go 3-4-5 innings in relief, who can throw 3-4-5 times a week, and can pitch 150ish innings out of the bullpen would be hugely valuable to a team.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            Not only would Aceves probably regress, but his value is in being that swing man/long reliever.

            Boston is better off trying every other avenue if they can to try and find that 5th SP somewhere else (internally) than using up the 2 best setup guys they had from 2011, especially the one who is capable of going 2-3IP when required.

            I think some fans overlook how valuable Aceves is sometimes in that swing role, just like masterson was and is not missed until traded, or moved out of that role.

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  9. hawkny1 3 years ago

    The exodus of AAAA, AAA and AA assignees begins down in Ft. Myers.  Good luck to you all..

  10. MaineSox 3 years ago

    Yes, they are so desperate for starting pitching they have started releasing potential starting pitching candidates.  Makes perfect sense…

    The truth is that the “desperation” has been grossly over exaggerated.  They have 3 pitchers who have front line starter potential, a wild card for a #4 starter who could be anything from an excellent pitcher on an innings limit to back in the bullpen by mid season, and five (six before they released Silva) options for the #5 spot.  Plus they have a healthy Dice-K coming back by mid-season.  Their starting pitching will be more than fine.

    If they sign Willis it would be on a minor league deal and he wouldn’t figure into their starting pitching plans at all.

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    start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    Smug Cubs fans tend to amuse me

  12. Maybe you should wait until the Cubs actually win something before you start acting like they have.

  13. RedSoxDynasty 3 years ago

    Can’t wait till The Theo Experiment blows up in Chicago. Bens cheap pickups are already outshining Theos high priced disasters. Sorta like how the Phils were one and Maine in the playoffs and gave Papelbon a terrible contract to finish behind the Braves thus year!

  14. MaineSox 3 years ago

    It’s not spin, it’s the truth.  And they didn’t release Silva because he stunk, he never even got a chance to pitch for them.

    They don’t need to trade for a pitcher.  They aren’t going to be upstaged by the Jays.  They have already stated a willingness to extend the payroll for this year if they find a need to upgrade the rotation.

    Seriously, what a nonsensical post.  The Red Sox won 90 games last year even after having (with no exaggeration) one of the worst late season collapses in the history of the game of baseball.  They were also using the 5.00+ ERA Wakefield for their #3 starter, and had Lackey pitching to the tune of the worst single season performance by any Red Sox starting pitcher ever.  So, having Buchholz back to pitch in the #3 spot and even having two below average starters for the number four and five spots, their pitching would better than last year by default.

    They also got 0.7 WAR out of RF and 2.0 WAR out of LF; Crawford having a bounce back year and having the Ross/Sweeney platoon in RF will easily double that production from the two corner outfield spots.  Possibly having a healthy year out of Youkilis (and more than likely a more productive one even if not a more healthy one), along with having more/better depth behind the starters is also going to help.

    There’s no reason to believe that the Red Sox wont do better than last year.  Other than irrational desire for them to do worse of course.

    And it’s Lannan by the way, not Lanahan.

  15. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Got to love it when the people who just come out and have to say something, yet know nothing about the situation..

    Doubront has looked decent, Miller is still around, as is Padilla, Cook and Ohlendorf had not pitched. They did Silva a favor by releasing him this early. Maybe he has a better chance to catch on with someone, like the O’s who need 2 SP in a bad way and they have a GM in “The Duke” who goes out of his way to sign that type of player anyway.

    Silva had no chance of leaving ST on the staff and pretty sure a mid April opt out, why not cut him loose?

  16. Lastings 3 years ago

     I’m too preoccupied with trying to get Elijah Dukes in…

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