September 23, 2004

$9M was $8.66M too much for Milton

The deal for Eric Milton doesn’t get the negative press it deserves.

Milton has pitched a productive season, including a near no-hitter, which factors into why fans and media tend not to question it the way they do with the Millwood trade. But in terms of value, the Twins have to be thrilled with Carlos Silva to the same extent the Braves are happy to have Johnny Estrada.

It’s no longer a fluke, as first believed, that Carlos Silva is a legitimate starting pitcher. He doesn’t blow batters away but is stingy with his walks. He's 3-0 in his last six outings, with an ERA in that span of 2.02. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has also reported he will likely pitch Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

He's been the best starter for the Phils this season, but 14-4 is still all smoke and mirrors. Milton comes in at the top of the list of starting pitchers with the most LUCK.

The amount Minnesota is saving is really unbelievable: Silva will earn $340,000 this season to Milton’s $9 Million.

With the money the Phils would have saved by keeping Silva, they’d have almost enough for Carlos Beltran ($9 Million). The difference ($560,000) could have been paid if they wouldn’t have signed Shawn Wooten ($575,000), plus a little extra to pay a part-timer ($15,000) to go fetch Harry the K's ciggies ($3.99).


At 10:20 AM, Blogger Tom G. said...

I couldn't agree with your take on this more. I hope the Phillies have the good sense to offer him about a million bucks for next year and let him take it or leave it.

There are plenty of pitchers out there that can get almost 15 wins with the kind of luck and run support he has had.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Tom G. said...

I was actually pretty close on about 1 mill. Using the salary estimator at, Milton is worth about 1.1 mill in 2003 dollars.

At 6:12 PM, Blogger el123chico said...

but i like state college's own eric milton. i call him "cousin miltie". but i guess he isn't worth $10 mil.


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