According to multiple reports Saturday morning, the Cubs have named Andrew Cashner the fifth starter in the rotation. The Cubs also told Marcos Mateo he will break camp with the big league club … with Cashner in the rotation and Mateo in the pen, the Cubs 12-man pitching staff is set for Opening Day.
The Cubs told Carlos Silva they’ll try to trade him. If Jim Hendry cannot find a team interested in Silva, they would like for him to consider pitching in the Minor Leagues so he can be insurance for the team.
Carlos Silva did not make the Cubs Opening Day roster. According to reports from Bruce Levine and Paul Sullivan Saturday morning, the Cubs are on the hook for all of Carlos Silva’s salary for 2011, $11.5 million … the Mariners are responsible for the $2 million buyout for 2012. Casey Coleman was informed he will not be on the Cubs Opening Day roster and was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to continue working as a starter. Jeff Stevens was also optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
“I told Carlos Silva there was not a spot for him unless there’s an injury between now and Opening Day,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “We will explore trade opportunities with other clubs.”
There reportedly has been no big interest in Silva, who makes $11.5 million, If the Cubs can’t find a taker for Silva, he has been informed he can start the season at Triple-A Iowa in an effort to pitch his way back onto the Cubs.
Silva, a nine year veteran, has the right to refuse the assignment. The Cubs would then release him and be responsible for the entire $11.5 million salary. Seattle, which traded Silva to the Cubs for Milton Bradley, would be responsible for the $2 million buyout on Silva’s 2012 option. The Cubs used the $6 million surplus they received from Seattle in the trade to sign Marlon Byrd last year.
Updated 12:57pm CDT – From Bruce Levine, ESPNChicago.com
If Silva decides to take his release, the Cubs are obligated to pay $11.5 million for his 2011 contract. In recent weeks, teams have scouted Silva during his spring training starts, but there has been little-to-no interest in acquiring him via trade from other clubs. Silva had a 1-2 record and a 10.90 ERA in five spring appearances.
Will update when more information becomes available …