Yanks in on Mexican bidding war

The RAB Radio Show - February 19, 2009 - Episode 15
Open Thread: A conversation with CC

Via MLBTR comes word of a Buster Olney report about the Yankees. The team is searching for a second gem out of Mexico.

According to the ESPN scribe, Yankee officials believe that Walter Silva would be a good fit for the team. Silva is 32 and according to Olney’s sources, had a strong season in Mexico this winter. Writes Olney:

Silva is the property of the Monterrey franchise, and went 7-8 with a 4.21 ERA for that team last year. He threw well in winter ball, pitching for Mazatlan; in 16 games, Silva had a 2.54 ERA, allowing 31 hits and striking out 29 in 35 innings.

Sounds like this is one of those no risk-potential reward signings. Why not?

Update 5:41 p.m.: The latest rumor is that the Padres are close to a Minor League deal with Silva. The odds of his making a contribution this year at the Major League level aren’t great, but it never hurts to kick the tires.

The RAB Radio Show - February 19, 2009 - Episode 15
Open Thread: A conversation with CC
  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Looks like the Yankees and Padres are in a Mexican Standoff.

    http://www.instantrimshot.com

  • Bill

    The Padres are going to sign per the latest rumor.

  • yankeefan91 arod fan (sign Manny Now)

    i seen him in winterball and hes preety good he has great control if he gets a chance i can see him helpin us out

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I don’t want to crush your dreams or anything, dude, but we’re not gonna sign Manny.

      Just putting that out there.

      • Mike Pop

        If you don’t like it, you can throw it right back at me.

  • mike

    Frankly, one of Cash’s strengths of his tenure is his willingness (with the Yanks supporting $) to take flyers on guys off the radar.

    • 27 this year

      Aaron Small adn Shawn Chacon saved the 2006(2005?) season.

      • A.D.

        2005

  • A.D.

    I get that there really isn’t a bad minor league deal…but why bother to get into any type of bidding war on a 32 year old right hander out of the mexican league.

    • andrew

      with a 4.21 era no less…

    • Reggie C.

      ’cause he knows the guy who works at that Schering plant that makes the ‘BOLE. You know the Germans make good shit.

    • whozat

      I suspect that calling it a “bidding war” is hyperbole. You set a ceiling, and if it gets over that, you walk away. Which is what happened.

      • Mike Pop

        Ya, I mean if the Yankees really wanted him. You know they wouldn’t get outbid by the Pads.

  • jsbrendog

    he’ll have no shot of doing anything in our system will he? we’re logjammed…in his mind he’s gotta think he is better off in SD…….but in spanish

  • LeftyLarry

    What is the excitement with a guy like him when the minor leagues and 40 man roster are chock full of better prospects?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Who said anyone was “excited”? Must you pooh-pooh everything, Negative Nancy?

  • cheddar

    I’m in a Mexican bidding war
    I’m in a Mexican, whoa oh, bidding war