We’re going to see Trevor Cahill in a Dodgers uniform this season, aren’t we?
The Dodgers were kicking the idea of Trevor Cahill this offseason. Now with Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy entirely out of the 2015 picture, the front office has went ahead and signed right-hand pitcher Trevor Cahill to a minor league deal.
The baby-faced righty is a SoCal native and was born in Oceanside. He’s a groundball pitcher, which is exatly the variety in which Andrew Friedman and Farhan have gravitated toward so far during their tenure with Los Angeles. The 27-year old Cahill began his career in Oakland (Zaidi’s former town), and he was a workhorse pitching nearly 200 innings each year from 2010-2012 (before the 2012 season he was traded to the D-backs).
Cahill was an all-star for the A’s in 2010, his best year. Trevor went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 196 2/3 innings and 30 starts. The Dodgers could surely use a Cahill circa ’10 right now, but that was then.
His career in Arizona was great at first, but in 2014 he had a disastrous season going 3-12 with a 5.61 ERA in 110 2/3 innings. He started 17 games, but he also made many relief appearances after falling out of favor for a starting role with the Snakes.
Arizona traded away Cahill, as they do with most of their players. On April 2nd, Cahill went to Atlanta in exchange for minor leaguer Josh Elander.
So Cahill’s long-time team gave up on him, and the Braves only saw Cahill in 15 games before they released him last month. Cahill went 0-3 with a 7.52 ERA, 2 homeruns, 11 walks and 14 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings pitched. He was horrible, and the Braves didn’t want him. He hasn’t pitched in a game since April 26th.
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So in come the Dodgers…
I know that the deal is of the minor league variety, but I have the sinking feeling that we will see Cahill in Dodger Blue before the season is over if he can regain some of his control in the minors. Carlos Frias has been up and down this season, and Don Mattingly has said he plans to separate Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke and Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger in the rotation when the second half commences in order to give the bullpen a more consistent workload.
Trevor Cahill isn’t very good anymore. I’m trying to be nice here, but I’d rather have Mike Bolsinger or Carlos Frias in the rotation than the struggling Cahill. Now should Cahill work through his pitching problems and somehow get back to his 2010 form, sure that would be a great addition to the team.
I see this move as simply a back up plan and some pitching depth for OKC. Hopefully. I also didn’t think Frias nor Bolsinger would be used as long as they have been in the starting rotation.
The Dodgers just spent a bunch of money on international prospects, but I hope there’s still some cash for another starting pitcher before the trade deadline. I like Mike Bolsinger, but there really is a need for at least one more starter in order to gear up for the October push. Luckily Brett Anderson has been having a career year so far with the Dodgers otherwise we might have seen Mr. Cahill on the mound at Dodger Stadium even sooner.