Carlos Silva is a career 55-46 in six big league seasons, with a career 4.31 ERA. The Seattle Mariners apparently have decided that resume was good enough to award him $800,000 per victory with an inane $44 million deal that tops any other possibility as the most ridiculous contract awarded this offseason. That guy who keeps getting on me about letting the Gil Meche thing go just got his wish.
The move, thus far, is going over well with Mariners fans.
“This move is a waste,” writes fan site Lookout Landing. “Yeah, Silva makes the team better. But so would a lot of other guys, and a lot of other guys wouldn't cost us nearly as much in terms of money or years. It's like walking into a grocery store in Beverly Hills and paying $4 for a Coke when there's a $0.25 vending machine for sweet, delicious, always-smooth Select cola right outside the door. The Mariners are throwing money away because they don't know any better. That's why this sucks.”
And as less than .500 pitchers continue to break the bank, Pat Rapp cries just a little bit more inside.
If Silva's worth $11 million per year, we shudder to think what some team is going to end up paying Johan Santana. That $20 million per might not be hardly enough.