Scouting Report on Silva

Hat tip to MetsBlog for showing us the way to Mike Pagliarulo’s scouting report on Carlos Silva. As we have been discussing here for a while, Silva is, as Mike says:

“His best quality is his durability. He has the ability to go deep into a game and take the ball every fifth day.

Carlos Silva belongs in the National League.”

He goes on further to say,

“We recommend that a team invest $12M over three years for Silva. Obviously, we’re realists when it comes to the operation of the market and the certain irrational behavior of some teams, so expect Silva to get something along the lines of $32M over four years.”

Obviously there is a stark difference between a scout’s valuation and the market’s. How quickly would YOU sign Silva to a 3-year/$12M deal?

Pagliarulo also suggests that the Diamondbacks and Rockies appear to be good matches for Silva’s style. Whether either of those teams will get involved in the free agent market remains to be seen — they generally stay on the fringe and target low-level FAs. But, the D’Backs will likely be losing Livan Hernandez, and Silva would slip right in to eat up those innings left behind.

Let’s hope that AZ stays out of the bidding as expected, and that the Mets can pick up Silva — at the scout’s price.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.