As I mentioned in the previous slide, the market for starters is atrocious. Dallas Keuchel is undoubtedly the most talented player out there but he is already 31-years old and going to cost a boat-load of money.
Believe it or not, 31-years old is on the younger end of this year’s spectrum with only nine free agent starting pitchers being under the age of 30. None of the younger guys are good enough for this team so we take a look at our next starting options (a personal favorite), Trevor Cahill.
Cahill is the definition of solid. Are his numbers anything flashy? Not at all. But whether he is a long reliever or a starter, he will do that job well and with pride. Think Ross Stripling with slightly less attractive numbers.
Cahill wrapped up 2018 in Oakland, the team he debuted for back in 2010, however, this past year it was a trade that sent the then 30-year old righty back to his original squad. After getting moved, Cahill used the winning atmosphere in Oakland to nurture a winning pitcher in himself as he owned a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts with the A’s.
Cahill would bring some versatility to the rotation or the bullpen and with the Dodgers constantly dealing with injuries, that would not hurt at all.
For two years and roughly $18 million total ($9 mil a year) I think the Dodgers can sign Cahill. Honestly, I would love to see this happen.