Yankees sign ex-Cub Carlos Silva

BOSTON -- The New York Yankees have signed right-hander Carlos Silva to a minor league contract, bringing in another option for their suspect rotation.

The move Saturday came 13 days after Silva was released by the Chicago Cubs. In 21 starts with them last year, he was 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA. He is expected to report Wednesday to the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.

In nine major league seasons -- two with Philadelphia, four with Minnesota, two with Seattle and one with the Cubs -- Silva is 70-70 with a 4.68 ERA in 316 games. Chicago released him after he was told he wouldn't make the team out of spring training and he said there was "no chance" he would accept a Triple-A assignment.

The Cubs acquired Silva from the Mariners for outfielder Milton Bradley in December 2009. Silva won his first eight decisions last year.