Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Silva Market heating up

According to Shea Nation, MLBTR, and Charley Walters, the Royals have made an offer to free-agent SP Carlos Silva. The offer is supposed to be for $30 million over 3 years. Silva is long compared to the Royals last year free-agent signee, Gil Meche. Lets Compare these two pitchers in their walk years..

In 2007 Carlos Silva was 13-14 with a 4.19 ERA. He pitched in 202.0 innings last year and gave up 229 hits while striking out 89 batters.

In 2006 Gil Meche was 11-8 4.48 ERA. That year, Meche pitched 186.2 innings while giving up 182 hits and striking out 156 batters.

Meche's ERA and Innings pitched improved by a lot in '07 while pitching for the below average Royals. During the off-season of '06, Meche signed a 5-year $55 million contract.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners are also after SP Carlos Silva. Rosenthal notes that the Mariners are in "serious negotiations" with Carlos Silva for a deal worth at least four years, $44MM. If Silva can be a second coming of Gil Meche, then I'm all for the Mets offering him a deal.. but by the numbers, Meche and Silva are totally different pitchers. Meche strikes out more guys and gives up less hits. So if i was Omar, I'd pass. It seems as though he won't sign Silva but Kyle Lohse isn't a better option either, in my opinion.