Mariners sign SP Carlos Silva to 4yr $48M deal

December 20, 2007 at 2:39 pm 8 comments


The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent starting pitcher Carlos Silva to a 4 year deal believed to be worth $48M. Silva will slot right into the Mariner’s rotation possibly as their #2 or #3 but he is far from that type of pitcher. I personally hate this deal.

Carlos Silva is not worth $44M over 4 years. He is a mediocre pitcher and should be a #4 or #5 guy that is good at eating between 180 and 205 innings and at not walking batters. Those are really the only two things he has going for him though. His ERA+ is a career 102, meaning he is right at league average. He also never misses a bat. 89 strikeouts are his career best and it was last year in 202 innings. He also gives up 10.7 H/9 innings. All these stats say that he relies heavily on his defense to make the plays. He has a good defense behind and a big park so that is to his advantage but with the amount of balls that are put into play he could easily jump from league average to below league average and the spacious park could mean that more balls drop in for hits.

I understand the need for pitching is high but I think the Mariners should’ve gone after a player that would require less money, less contract length, but at a higher risk. Someone like Bartolo Colon, Mark Prior, Jon Lieber or Matt Clement.

This is the 3rd season in a row the Mariners have thrown too much money at a #4 or #5 starting pitcher. I’m talking about current rotation men Miguel Batista, Jarrod Washburn, and let’s not forget the awful Jeff weaver. The Mariners need to learn to stop wasting their money and start spending it wisely.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 2. Erik  |  December 20, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    4yrs 44 million for a #4 or 5 starter is a bit much. Silva may have been the best free Agent pitcher available at the time, but I see Seattle regretting this signing by the end of the first year. He is a ground ball pitcher which is good if you play in a park condusive to the ground ball. Seattle though seems to be better for Fly ball pitchers. Personally I think it is a bad fit! He would have been a nice addition to the Rockies, but Seattle got him. I don’t think it will put Seattle anywhere different in the AL West. Angels are still the team to beat in that division. They need Bedard then it will be a solid rotation. Only question will the Mariners package Adam Jones in that deal?

  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  December 21, 2007 at 7:47 am

    Wow. Way to throw your money away Seattle. Seriously $12 million a year? You might as well invest your money in pumpkins…. IN DECEMBER. He’s nothing better than a 4th starter at BEST, and that’s giving him a lot of credit. He’s like Livan Hernandez minus the being decent part. 10-15 with a 4.75ish ERA is what i’m thinking.

    The Mariners could have easily scored one of the other mentioned guys at a much easier price on the pricebook.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 21, 2007 at 7:56 am

    The only reason this deal makes them better is that it possibly leave Horacio Ramirez out of the rotation and that alone will add 2 wins to the team. I forgot to mention the other big bad contracts they gave to Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson. They really need to develop young players and spend their money wisely. This is another GM spending all the team’s money to try to keep his job safe for one more year.

    I agree with you Erik, they need Bedard but I don’t think I would give up Adam Jones but with out Adam Jones they don’t have a strong offer.

  • 5. erik  |  December 22, 2007 at 6:59 am

    this deal just illustrates to me how bad a GM Bavasi is. Adrien Beltre I would argue hasn’t been that bad… He did cash in on his free agency but the guy is driving in runs and hitting for a decent average while playing solid defense. Sexson is a BAD signing, washburn is a bad signing… etc.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 22, 2007 at 7:59 am

    Beltre is the best of the signings but he’s still not worth the money. They paid 35 homer money for a guy who hit 49 in his walk year and he gives them 23-28 a year. His glove is legit though.

  • 7. 19  |  December 22, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Where is Jeff Weaver nowadays? Someone will pay him again.

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 23, 2007 at 8:30 am

    He’s a free agent. Soemone will take a shot at him and cut him by July. LOL!


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