Not sure the Reds are willing to make roster space for a guy like Silva. Still, the team does need to seriously consider bolstering its rotation depth. With Leake, a weakened Arroyo and a wild Volquez, the team is going to need guys like Lecure and Maloney for long relief -- not the 5th spot.
Silva has gotten fat, and he's ornery. But he'll be pitching for a contract. I've always liked him a little more than most. Unfortunately, I think his conditioning is so poor at this point that he's not built to do well consistently in 2011. If they could stash him in extended and work him into better shape, it's a no brainer. By that point, the other guys might be ready anyway, so it doesn't seem like a real good match in the bigger picture. The need for depth, though, remains nagging....and Silva would have a bone to pick with those Cubbies.