Hell, right now I am so damn happy that I will overlook the fact that Koyie Hill is still around!
Rumors and Tweets were starting to churn yesterday that Jim Hendry did the right thing and picked his pitchers based on performance, not by owed salary. Many including myself were skeptical of the reports from so-called business executives who were reporting that Andrew Cashner had in fact made the rotation for the Cubs, and that Carlos Silva, his fat gut, his fatter contract, and his fattest sense of entitlement would be disposed of by any means necessary.
The rumors are true! Chicagoland, you no longer need to hide your Little Debbies and your Ho-Hos. Silva the Hutt has left the building!
after the jump, some more praise for Cubs management
Of course I am pleased; I have been begging for this all winter. It must have been a good idea - because while I have received plenty o' guff for many of the things I have wanted over the years, nobody felt the impulse to argue with me that Carlos Silva deserved a spot on this team.
If the 2011 Cubs were to follow the "happy path", meaning everything was bound to go right for them, with absolutely no wrong (in other words, baseball in a vacuum), then Carlos Silva would be your fifth starter. He is the third highest paid pitcher on the team, and out of the starters on our staff, he has the third-most wins, all time. So in a vacuum, he should earn his large salary, pitch 220+ innings, with an ERA under 4, and win 16-17 games. That would allow Cashner to work his way gradually onto the club in a relief role, in our vacuum-baseball world.
Of course, life doesn't work that way. Since Silva signed his massive contract three years ago, he posted a good half-season with us, and we didn't even initiate his deal - that was Seattle. He did absolutely nothing for them in two years - in fact, the good people of Seattle were more than happy to welcome Milton Bradley (repeat that: welcome. Milton. Bradley.) in exchange for him. And even after his good first half with us, the following occurred: a) his second half started brutally; b) he was forced to leave a game, then go on the DL, basically because he was out of shape; c) come right out this spring with the expectation that the Cubs owed him a spot in the rotation; d) posted a 13 ERA; e) insisted that he was still owed a spot in the rotation, and f) when he was offered a spot in the organization, he refused a minor league assignment, and he ripped the new pitching coach on the way out.
Obviously, Carlos Silva is a bad pitcher, and an even worse human being. If I were being paid 56 million dollars, I would get myself in shape. It takes a special level of self-absorption to feel as if he deserved to be paid more money than any ten of us will make in our entire lives, combined, without having to work at it whatsoever.
It was the biggest no-brainer on Planet Earth to get rid of the fat slob, and congratulations to Jim Hendry for having the guts to do the right thing, money be damned!! Essentially, he is admitting the mistake he made in the Bradley signing, and I guess this is a sign of the influence and power he has that the Ricketts are allowing this salary dump.