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Silva says he's a starter, many disagree

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08:25 AM ET 02.16 | Mike Quade said again Tuesday there is a crowd competing for two spots behind Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Carlos Zambrano -- and that Carlos Silva must earn one of the jobs this spring. The Cubs' front office, their manager, many of their players, the media and the fans might see a battle for two openings at the back end of the team's rotation this spring. But that's not the way Carlos Silva sees it. "For them, [two spots are] open," said Silva, the highest-paid pitcher in the mix. "And for whoever is competing, [two spots are] open. But for me, only one is open because I am one of the starters. So whatever they think, they think. Not me."

Chicago Sun-Times

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February 16, 2011  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The DeWitt for Bradley rumors are heating up. Jim wants to give Milton another shot due to his high ceiling of potential.

He should probably sign him to a longer contract next time, though. Give him time to get comfortable that way.

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February 16, 2011  12:53 PM ET

Wasn't Silva the best pitcher on the staff last year? I hope the first of puzzling moves for ole Quaid-ludes. Well, hiring him was puzzling enough. First Girardi and Ryno. Why do I root for a bunch of losers?

February 16, 2011  01:15 PM ET

the cubs, shoul throw in the mix, silva, itsn't like it will be any deference this spring trainning, though we still have to see how well its silva health!!!

February 16, 2011  01:18 PM ET
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Wasn't Silva the best pitcher on the staff last year? I hope the first of puzzling moves for ole Quaid-ludes. Well, hiring him was puzzling enough. First Girardi and Ryno. Why do I root for a bunch of losers?

you may "knows it all" but your "expresses it well" is lacking...Wut!

February 16, 2011  01:18 PM ET
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the cubs, shoul throw in the mix, silva, itsn't like it will be any deference this spring trainning, though we still have to see how well its silva health!!!

One step forward two steps backe, eh alacran?

February 16, 2011  01:18 PM ET

the bird, its flyin away, wonder how high this bird really will fly? it has the same looks like pujols, wonder if the angels would take the bait!!

February 16, 2011  01:25 PM ET

the blue jays actually trade away vernon wells contract, no, really, they did, but then who cares? after all arte moreno, its gaspin for air, to be very honest with the los angeles fans, that's just reality!!

February 16, 2011  01:28 PM ET

If Silva pitches well again at HoHoKam, it wont matter, shut up and play ball.

February 16, 2011  01:32 PM ET

now, i know very well that billy wagner, has retire, but rumors are revolting around the baseball news, that wagner still thinking about playing this 2011 season, if that's truth, i would like the angels try their luck with this talented player, at the same time it could be very helpful for the new prospects on the angels bullpen!!

February 16, 2011  02:44 PM ET
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Why do I root for a bunch of losers?

Because you live in America, the Cubs are our version of self-flagellation.

February 16, 2011  03:02 PM ET

He could be an average to slightly below average 5th starter in the NL. He would never make it as a 5th starter in the AL though.

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February 16, 2011  08:43 PM ET

could the cubs shop around the asian baseball clubs, perhaps they get lucky and find a well develope young pitcher,or try venesuela, dominic republic, has very good players!!!

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