As of yesterday, it appeared all but settled that Carlos Silva would be given the first crack at the fifth starter’s gig. While he, himself, had done very little earn the job, none of the other options for the fifth starter’s spot had done much to acquit themselves either. Andrew Cashner, the guy the Cubs wanted to see grab the job, has not gotten himself adequately stretched out, and hasn’t looked all that sharp in his handful of Spring starts.

But Cashner’s the guy, according to Joel Sherman. He tweets that an “exec from another team” says Cashner will be the fifth starter to open the season, and the Cubs will “eat big $” to get rid of Silva.

It would certainly be a surprise to see things play out that way before Opening Day next week, but not a shock. As I said, the organization has intimated all Spring that they’d like to see Cashner grab a rotation spot and run with it. And maybe Silva’s good outing this week was just what the Cubs needed to finally dump him.

This will be an interesting development to track. Cashner is expected to make another start this weekend.

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  • Willis

    Whoa is right. Sutcliffe was saying yesterday on ESPN that Hendry was the happiest man on earth after the Silva outing the other day…not because he could help the cubs, but because Hendry thought that was enough to garner attention so they could dump him. But, even so I’m with you in thinking that Silva was going to be No. 5 and Cashner to the pen. If what is mentioned above is the way it goes down, I’m definitely good with that.

  • Jody

    Are the winds of change blowing through Wrigleyville? This seems very un-Cub.

    • jh

      Seems very un-Cub. I almost have an eerie feeling that they’ll have to offset this remarkably smart move by optioning Castro to AAA or extending Soriano for a few extra years…

      • Ace

        Ha. Nice.

  • greg

    Please be true, please be true. Keep us updated

  • Bric

    Maybe Silva’s on his way to the Yanks. I just heard they trade Mitre to the Brewers. I could see Looper get the last pen spot and Silva in Pin Stripes.

    • Dan0mite

      Perhaps. Rothschild did have pretty good success turning Silva’s game around last year, maybe the Yanks think he could do it again.

    • Ace

      Eh. I think the Yanks already got their attempted lightning in a bottle guy when they signed Millwood.

  • miggy80

    Maybe they will eat part of Silva’s contract and in part who ever take him will also have to get Hill.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Looper retired and Baker’s hurt. The roster’s not set yet.

    • Ace

      Sounds like Baker will be fine. Not surprising on Looper.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Looks like the only spot left is backup catcher.

    • Ace

      That’s my count as well.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    According to MLBTR, Cashner will be the 5th starter with Silva going to the ‘pen or being released or traded. What do you think?

    • Ace

      They are basing that on the same Joel Sherman tweet as my earlier post. I’m not convinced Silva won’t get a shot, though if Cashner dominates this weekend, the groundswell against Silva may be too much to overcome. At this point, primarily because Cashner can’t throw 200 innings this year anyway, I’d rather the Cubs just let Silva start a couple April games. I know, I know. Sacrilege. That said, if they put him in the pen or release him, I won’t complain in the least. I can see the virtues of all three possibilities.

  • Steve

    Nobody will take Silva. Nobody…unless the Cubs eat a ton of his salary. Q couple of OUTSTANDING games in April won’t change that. In fact, it would only get Ol’ Jimmy to believe he made the right move in keeping him. And then? Silva may have the opportunity to blow some possibly meaningful games later in the season. He is here for the remainder of his contract — starter, or pen. Get used to the idea. Our only hope is that he either exceeds expectations, or, he ends up on the DL. I don’t wish injury on anyone, but I am rethinking that stance in this case…

    • Ace

      If he’s outstanding in April, then he should get a couple more starts. A game won in April is just as valuable as a game won in May. As soon as he starts sucking, he gets the boot. That’s what I say…