Braves acquire Trevor Cahill from Diamondbacks

The Atlanta Braves have acquired versatile right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports on Twitter. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Reublic was first to report the news.

The Braves are sending minor-league outfielder Josh Elander, a 6th-round pick in the 2012 June Amateur Draft, and also receiving about $6 million. The DBacks are thus eating half of Cahill’™s salary for 2015.

Cahill, 27, spent the 2014 season alternating between starting games and relieving for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 32 games (17 started), the righty accumulated a rather disappointing 5.61 ERA, with a 1.608 WHIP in 110.2 innings pitched. Cahill is looking to regain the form he had when he was at his best with the Oakland A’s between 2009 and 2011, which included an All-Star Game appearance in 2010, his best season with the team that also earned him the 9th spot in the AL Cy Young voting.

Elander, 24 now, was drafted in 2012 and is yet to make an impact with the Braves’ minor-league team. He spent last year in Atlanta’s High-A affiliate, posting a .219 batting average in 37 games.

Elander was first drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 37th round of the 2009 draft, but didn’t make it to any of the team’s minor-league teams. He then gained attraction and earned a higher selection in 2012. If developed to full capacity, Elander is said to be a nice average hitter. Time is running out, though, and hopes are not necessarily high, so this seems like more of an unload of Cahill’s contract by the DBacks than interest at all for the minor-leaguer they’re receiving.

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