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The New York Yankees have signed Carlos Silva to a minor league contract, which means nothing to the Cubs’ bottom line unless he makes the big club. If he does, the Yanks will pay a prorated portion of the Major League minimum (about $400k), and the Cubs will remain on the hook for the rest of his salary.

The Yankees are an unsurprising destination for Silva, if not only for their back-end rotation issues, but also because of pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who, as the Cubs’ pitching coach last year, oversaw Silva’s most successful stretch of pitching in four years.

May Silva fail miserably.

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