Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Red Sox Sign Carlos Silva, Pedro Ciriaco

Today the Red Sox made two minor league moves: signing Carlos Silva (right) and Pedro Ciriaco (left) to minor league deals. If the 2012 season started today, Silva would probably be slated to be the Red Sox' #5 starter. I fully expect them to make another, bigger, move; however, since they have not yet, he'd be #5. Silva has had some trouble the past couple of years, and did not pitch in 2011 after being released by the Cubs and Yankees at different points. However, he did pitch in 2010, and he was decent for the Cubs, going 10-6/4.22/80 in 113 innings. Silva is not a strikeout pitcher or a walk pitcher, averaging 4.03 K/9 and 1.73 BB/9, the latter being the best of all active pitchers with at least 750 innings. In 2010, he also put together both a 3.75 FIP and xFIP. Pedro Ciriaco has spent the past couple years as a shortstop in the Pirates organization. In 2011, he batted .303/0/6 in 23 games; however, he did not fare so well in AAA, batting just .231/2/24 in 71 games. He is an above average fielder at shortstop, compiling a 9.7 UZR/150 in the major leagues. I think these are solid signings for the Red Sox, but I don't expect either to make a huge impact. 

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