“Obviously we’re dealing with a man at this stage of his career who’s not willing to face the facts. What he’s done for the last few years in his career, except for a two-month period, is way below major league standards. And he seems to have the continual problem [of] blaming everybody but himself.” –Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry, on former Mariners pitcher Carlos Silva.
In an unfortunate turn of events, the Chicago Cubs released Carlos Silva on Sunday, losing their battle of “Who Can Hang Onto Their Troublemaker Longer” chicken with the Mariners. You may recall that the M’s acquired left fielder Milton Bradley from the Cubs just one season ago in exchange for the portly Silva; the swap was largely heralded as a trade of one problem for the other. While Bradley remains in the Mariners’ 2011 plans, Silva is currently unemployed and probably more concerned about how he’ll afford his next meal.