Monday, April 11, 2011

Heyman on the Yanks: Silva, Martin

From Jon Heyman:
The Yankees' signing of Carlos Silva might seem like a reach. But it's at a good cost (only the major league minimum for when he's in the bigs) for a team concerned about its rotation. Their concern has grown with the troubles of Phil Hughes, who has had velocity problems beginning in spring. The Yankees say Hughes isn't hurt but it's still troubling for them to see the pitcher who regularly pitched in the 92-94 mph range as a starter (and 96 plus as a reliever) rarely crack 90 mph. New Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild's connection to Silva (who was 10-6 for the Cubs last year when Rothschild was the pitching coach) was another key to the Yankees' interest.


The Yankees' signing of red-hot Russell Martin is looking better by the day. He admittedly lost focus his last two years with the Dodgers, when he was a shadow of his former self. The Dodgers still made him an offer of about $4.4 million to return. But Martin declined it, and wound up signing for $4 million with the Yankees. They are reluctant to use their backup, Gustavo Molina, who hasn't played yet, or Jorge Posada, who has won four rings as their main catcher but who they won't use under almost any circumstance.

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