Via Jack Curry, the Yankees have no plans to pursue the recently released Carlos Silva. Larry Rothschild was Silva’s pitching coach with the Cubs last year, so I assume he had some input here. Had the Yankees not signed Kevin Millwood or watched Bartolo Colon have such a strong camp, I assume they’d be much more interested. Silva’s not great but he’s useful (3.75 FIP last year, sub-4.65 in three of the last four years) and dirt cheap since Chicago is on the hook for his $11.5M salary, save the league minimum his new team will pay.
Then again, Silva had an atrocious spring (27 runs and 34 baserunners in 17.1 IP), got into a fight with a teammate in the dugout, and trashed his pitching coach on the way out, so I can certainly see why they’d pass. It’s one thing if the guy’s a jerk and highly effective, it’s another thing if he’s just a marginal pitcher like Silva.