A sure sign of the changing financial landscape in baseball: Carlos Silva is apparently worth $11 million per season. That's right, folks, Carlos Silva, he of the 4.31 career ERA.
Silva picked an interesting destination, at least; the right-handed control specialist inked a four-year, $44 million deal with the Mariners on Thursday, slotting in as the team's No. 4 starter behind Felix Hernandez, Jarrod Washburn and Miguel Batista. He'll eat up innings, throw strikes and generally deepen a rotation that lacks a lot of star-caliber talent.
Fantasy owners might initially think a shift from Minnesota's Metrodome to Seattle's Safeco Field will mean a noticeable boost in value for Silva, what with Safeco being a noted pitchers' park. Silva's 3.18 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and .284 batting average allowed in four career starts at Safeco, noticeably beneath his 4.31/1.37/.299 career rates, might back that up. However, the truth is that the Metrodome actually ranked as a better pitchers' park than Safeco in 2007 and was not that far behind in 2005-06.
Silva came to know and love the Metrodome; he had 3.88/1.26/.287 career rates there, so it'll be interesting to see whether it was the park or the home cooking. His good-home, poor-road trends, as well as the fact that he has allowed an average of 237 hits per 200 innings pitched for his career, suggest he'll remain very much what he was in Minnesota: a useful matchups pitcher, nothing more. The American League is full of heavy-lumber lineups, so he likely is a guy with more value to the Mariners than to fantasy owners. Maybe I'll give him 0.10-0.25 run's benefit in ERA, thanks to Safeco's more spacious right-center field, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a big, positive shift for him.
Bottom line: AL-only owners will need to look at Silva, but in leagues in which you can't slot him out for poor matchups -- think Tigers, Red Sox and Yankees -- he has far less appeal. That's right, streaming-starter owners, Silva is your kind of guy.
Jenkins joins Phillies
It's that time of year. Yes, it's the holiday season, but I'm referring to that stage of the winter when platoon-style outfielders begin signing with teams in domino fashion. On Monday, it was Cliff Floyd signing with the Rays, and on Thursday, it was Geoff Jenkins, who signed a two-year deal with the Phillies worth approximately $13 million. What's next, Shawn Green to the Braves as a Matt Diaz platoon mate?
All joking aside, I actually think much more highly of Jenkins than I do of Floyd, and significantly more than I do of Sammy Sosa. It goes beyond the obvious that he's at least two years younger than either; it's that he's an extremely talented masher of right-handers, so long as you use him correctly. Jenkins batted .262, averaged one homer per 19.7 at-bats and registered an .807 OPS against that side in 2007, and for his career, his numbers now are .288/21.1/.883 against right-handers, well above league average.
Plus, landing in Philadelphia, in that bandbox ballpark, Jenkins couldn't have found a better destination. The Phillies are notably thinner in the outfield with Aaron Rowand gone, so Jenkins should see every single right-handed starter the Phillies face in 2008, and in 2007, they saw 110 of them. That could mean as many as 450 plate appearances, and if the Phillies use him right -- read: never against a lefty -- he could really surprise, at least to the level of a strong mixed-league matchups type or National League-only third/fourth outfielder. Jayson Werth, Jenkins' likely platoon mate, loses NL-only appeal, of course.
Tristan H. Cockcroft covers fantasy sports for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.