December 20, 2007

Silva Signs, Santana Rumors

According to several reports, Carlos Silva and the Seattle Mariners have agreed on a 4-year, $44 million deal. The deal is done, and after the physical, it could be announced later today. This officially ends Silva's career with the Twins, and it is very clear that the Twins had no shot at signing Silva for that ridiculous amount of money.

With a payout of $11 million per season, in just one year of the deal, Silva will make more than he has made throughout his whole six year career ($10.1 million). And for that much money, Silva isn't worth it.

At best, Silva is probably a number four starter, maybe number three. He relies on ground balls, double plays and few walks. In addition, he was very inconsistent in his four seasons with the team. Silva has a tremendous first season for the Twins. He went 14-8 with a 4.21 ERA, and surprised all of us.

In 2005, he we a pretty decent pitcher overall. He went 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA. The next season, Silva was flat-out horrible. He finished with an 11-15 record to go along with a 5.94 ERA. And, in his final season, Silva went 13-14 with a 4.19 ERA.

These numbers are decent, but not anywhere near being worthy of an $11 million per season contract.

Overall, I'm not all that sad to see him move on, but I do have to say that he was a pretty good player for simply being part of an Eric Milton trade.

Santana News
There is still no major Santana news, but the Pioneer Press seems to think a deal with be done very soon.

I don't like to take rumors very seriously when they are reported by just one source, but that doesn't mean I don't still read them, and take them with a grain of salt.

I do agree that the Twins should make a deal before Christmas, and I have read previously that they are likely to do so. With any team needing between 48 and 72 hours to sign him, it would indicate that they'd need to agree to a deal soon with Christmas next Tuesday.

With no true news on the sweepstakes in more than a week however, I'm not going to get my hopes up until we at least hear more from behind the scenes.

One interesting note however is that if a deal isn't done before Christmas (contract and all), nothing will be done until after the New Year as the MLB office is closed.