So the Cubs not only didn't offer Carlos Silva the 5th starter slot, they didn't even offer him a place in the bullpen.
In fact, all they offered was the opportunity to go to Triple A if they can't trade him.
And if I were Carlos Silva, well I'd feel completely blindsided too.
I mean, go back a little for persective.
5 wins and 18 losses over two years with Seattle.
Oh wait, so don't go back that far, and lets not bring up the $20 something million he made those two years.
Because in 2010, he had 8 wins in a row to start the season for the Cubs!
He turned it all around!
Then, well there were just 2 more wins in 2010, but he had the heart thing.
And yes the heart thing might have something to do with the way he keeps in shape, which isn't so good. But still I'd be shocked, if I were Carlos, to think that the heart thing and not such great shape thing came into consideration from Cubs management.
And then there's this spring.
Did you not see that last performance he made?
Just.. why would anybody even think about those first couple starts?
Back when the ERA was about a thousand.
It's all the way down to 10.9 now.
And that silly little argument with Aramis Ramirez - you can tell they're buddies now, can't you?
Seriously, I would be shocked and lashing out at Cubs management too.
Yeah, it's possible that new Cubs pitching coach Mark Riggins was trying to let Carlos down slowly - I mean there's the heart thing to consider and all - but if I were Carlos I'd rip Riggins a new one for not just saying up front that he thought I sucked.
If I were Carlos.
Which I'm not.
Anyway, in a related story, the Cubs actually blindsided me by keeping Andrew Cashner as the 5th starter and giving Marcus Mateo the last spot in the bullpen.
This is something I'd call progress for the Cubs.
Absolute kudos to management for realizing Carlos Silva's actual value vs. what he costs.
It's not easy to eat that kinda cash.
And... it won't be all smooth sailing for young Andrew Cashner.
We should all right now take a vow of patience with him.
Especially if you go to Wrigley.
Do not boo this kid for he represents a bright decision today, and maybe even a brighter future.
I'm oddly way more hopeful after today.