You've heard the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."
Well, this past off-season, the Cubs and the Mariners traded trash. The Cubs sent Milton Bradley to the M's, while the Cubs got Carlos Silva in return.
Both had worn out their welcome. Bradley's trouble in Chicago was well-documented. And Silva was a high-priced ($48 million / four years), free agent bust. In two years with Seattle, Silva was 5-18 with a 6.81. The trade made sense for both teams.
So, how's that working out for you, Seattle? Bradley flipped out sooner in Seattle than he did with the Cubs. Trash.
And Silva? He is now 6-0. Treasure! He's won more games with the Cubs in two months than he did in two years with the Mariners. And the Mariners are picking up a good chunk of his salary, too. He's been doing so well that I decided he needed a Topps 2010 card.
The last time a Cubs pitcher started the season 6-0 was in 1967, 43 years ago! Ken Holtzman was 6-0, though he was pitching only on weekends when he could get a pass from his National Guard unit.
Will Silva be able to keep this up? I hope so, but I doubt it. We'll have to see what happens when he goes around the league for a second time. But for now, I'm just enjoying the run he's on.