||[Feb. 9th, 2005|08:21 am]
The Minnesota Sports Forum
Well, Terry Ryan signed Silva to a two-year, $5.05 million contract today. Whoopee. I'm not going to be too much of a critic regarding this signing, simply because I long ago resigned myself to the fact that the Twins weren't going to improve their rotation this offseason. So this deal is essentially a non-starter for me.|
Yeah, Silva did an ok job last year, but he's not a No. 3 pitcher for a contending team. Not by a longshot. He's a control guy, and nothing wrong with that, but he's not exactly a proven starter yet (I still question his durability as a starter), and he allows more baserunners than I'm comfortable with, especially given the defensive compromises the Twins made recently. You look for a little more potential than Silva has with a No. 3 guy.
I think Silva's going to be valuable, certainly. He'll also be exciting to watch, not because he's going to blow away the competition, but because he'll always be tiptoeing around getting blown out of the water, or trying to throw another 11-hit shutout. A Silva start is like playing hot potato with nitroglycerine.
I'd like Silva as the fourth or fifth man in the rotation, but I don't think that is all to likely. Lohse is a bigger question mark than Carlos is, so he'll be the fourth starter. Joe Mays may never be a quality starting pitcher again; only time will tell. And Terry Mulholland is that rubber arm which is nice to have around, but would be scary given 25-30 starts. Maybe Rick Anderson can pull something out of his bag of tricks to take Silva up a level.
Makes me wonder, though, if come mid-season TR'll be sending Jacque Jones on his merry way for a legit number three man. Hell, throw in Luis Rivas for free!