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Carlos Silva A Yankee? That's News To Joe Girardi

The most interesting thing about the New York Yankees signing of recently-released free-agent right-hander Carlos Silva? Not that the Yankees have added another journeyman right-hander to a collection that now includes Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and Kevin Millwood. It is that Manager Joe Girardi knew nothing about it until reporters told him after Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

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Girardi probably knew that the team had been talking to Silva, 31, who was released by the Chicago Cubs this Spring. You'd think General Manager Brian Cashman would have found a way to let the manager know before reporters started asking him questions about Silva, though.

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Anyway, Silva, 31, signed a minor-league deal and joins Millwood as another experienced option if the Yankees decide Garcia and youngster Ivan Nova are not up to the task.

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Silva will be re-united with Yankee pitching coach Larry Rothschild, his pitching coach in Chicago, if he makes it to the Bronx. He will initally report to the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa.

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From the Yankee perspective there really is no down side to this. Silva is a journeyman who has had ups and downs in a 70-70 career. If he helps the Yankees at all then signing him turns out to be a bonus.

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