Re: Give the gold to Silva
I think PP, M2, and RMR hit the nail on the head.
The only thing seperating Silva from being a below average pitcher is pure luck. When that averages out you are looking at an unappealing pitcher. Toss him in front of a team that is ill suited for Silva's game and you have a disaster.
Teams with great defenses may consider Silva a good gamble because they can stretch his skills to the max, the Reds can't do that. Instead find pitchers who control their own destiny (high walk, high K, low in play) that won't be hurt as much as because of the team around them. M2 mentioned Cabrera as a possibility yesterday (albeit as a reliever) but that's the type that won't be killed by defense. He's not a great pitcher, but his problems won't be compounded because of the defense.