According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Los Angeles Dodgers have signed former All-Star pitcher Trevor Cahill to a minor-league deal. It’s been a tough year for the Dodgers in terms of pitching injuries after losing starters Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the season. The 27-year-old Cahill will be reporting to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he’ll hope to finally bounce back after a couple of rough years. With the Dodgers currently having Carlos Frias hold down the back of their rotation, Cahill will likely get a shot in the majors at some point soon in 2015.
The past two seasons between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves have seen Trevor Cahill struggle constantly. During that time, while being moved in and out of the starting rotation due to poor performance, Cahill posted an ugly 5.98 ERA along with a 1.78 WHIP in 137 innings. The move to the Atlanta Braves along with a new throwing motion were supposed to be positive signs for Cahill in 2015, but after giving up 23 runs in 26 innings he was designated for assignment in June.
Since signing an extension back in 2011 with the Oakland A’s after making his first All-Star team in 2010, it seems everything has been downhill. That 2010 season caused many people across baseball to believe Cahill could be a future ace, after he put together a strong 2.97 ERA and won 18 games in 30 starts. It goes to show that not every extension given out to a young star ends up working out years later. At this point in his career, it seems that once huge potential Cahill showed is gone, with his mechanics now being completely different and his stuff seeming flat.
The trade deadline is quickly approaching and the Dodgers are going to be looking to add pitching. Until that happens though, it’s likely they’re going to continue to sign guys like Cahill who can possibly eat innings effectively. With a rotation that isn’t very dependable after Kershaw and Greinke, it’s a must they trade for someone who can be counted on in October. If they don’t end up doing so, it could be another season that ends with more disappointment and frustration.