Sitting behind his desk in the visiting manager’s office this afternoon, Joe Girardi said he had no idea the Yankees had finalized a deal Carlos Silva until he was asked about it by a swarm of reporters.
“That’s the first I heard of it,” he said. “Maybe that’s what my text message says.”
It’s easy to dismiss Silva given how poorly he pitched in Seattle and the fact the Cubs decided to cut him this spring, but Silva actually had a 3.45 ERA in the first half last season, and when he went on the disabled list, it was because of a heart condition, not because of an elbow or shoulder injury.
Obviously there’s a good chance that Silva will regress to his Seattle form — or to last year’s second-half form — but for the Yankees it’s a zero-risk situation. They’re not on the hook for that obscene contract.
“He’s had a little time off now,” said pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who coach Silva with the Cubs. “I don’t know what he’s done, but he’s going to pound the strike zone. Early last year before he had the heart problem in Colorado, he was throwing the ball well. He’s got to get himself ready to do that. I’m not sure where he is. I haven’t talked to him. I’ll find that out, but he’s a strike-thrower, and that’s not a bad thing to have.”