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Trevor Cahill Re-Signs with Cubs: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Chicago Cubs re-signed relief pitcher Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $4.25 million contract on Monday, per Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirmed the report, adding the deal is pending a physical.  

Cahill, 27, went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, two holds and 36 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched last season in stints with the Atlanta Braves and the Cubs. While he struggled with Atlanta, he was excellent in Chicago, notching a 2.12 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in 11 appearances. He also went 1-1 in six postseason appearances, giving up two earned runs in 5.1 innings.

Cahill is a former starter, but he found a home in Chicago’s bullpen after signing a minor league deal with the team midseason. While he doesn’t have dominant stuff, he was a solid option for the team in the middle innings and returns at an affordable price, allowing the Cubs to patch up other needs at key positions.


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Veteran MLB Free Agents Who Still Have Plenty Left in the Tank

Sifting through the 2015-2016 MLB free-agent market, there’s just no one quite like Bartolo Colon.

Simply put, the right-hander is an ageless wonder.

Even with his 43rd birthday looming in May, Colon is still a viable free-agent option for a club that is aiming to round out its rotation. And, Colon isn’t the only big league vet who proved in 2015 that his tank isn’t empty just yet.

On the list that follows, there’s also room for a couple of position players who are primed for rebounds in 2016 and a couple of relievers who put together stunning comebacks during the season that was.

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Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for Arizona Diamondbacks Entering Australia Series

The oddly-scheduled opening day for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers is just a couple of days away.

Spring training will halt for the two teams while they play two regular-season games in Australia. Some Diamondbacks have been locked in over the first half of March, while others have not. Luckily, those who haven’t played well will get four more exhibition games after their two-game stint down under.

For those who haven’t been following spring training, here is an update on who has been playing well and who has been struggling.

Who’s Hot

Martin Prado has been scalding throughout March. He is hitting .475 in 40 at-bats, which leads the team and is one of the best in the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues. Of his 19 hits, he has slugged one home run and six doubles.

A.J. Pollock is next on the list with a .425 batting average in 40 at-bats. He has a homer, four doubles and three triples and has scored eight times.

Gerardo Parra is another player who came ready to play this spring. In 38 at-bats, Parra is hitting .342 with three doubles and seven RBI. He is also second on the team with five walks, trailing Paul Goldschmidt’s total of six.

On the pitching side, Wade Miley has probably had the best spring in terms of starters. In three starts, he has pitched 14 innings and has a 1.29 ERA and a WHIP of 1.07. He has compiled 11 strikeouts while walking three and giving up just two earned runs.

Josh Collmenter also makes the list. He has appeared in seven games and has yet to give up a run in 9.1 innings. Opponents have hit just .129 against him, and he has posted a 0.54 WHIP.

Who’s Not

For those who are struggling, we will start with the pitchers.

Trevor Cahill has had the worst spring of any Arizona pitcher. In 16 innings, Cahill has surrendered 14 earned runs and 26 hits, four of which were homers. His ERA is 7.88, and opponents are hitting .382 against him.

Brad Ziegler is another hurler who has struggled this spring. In his six appearances, he has given up nine hits and eight earned runs in 5.1 innings on the mound. He has also walked four batters and struck out only one.

Randall Delgado has started three games and thrown 11.1 innings. He has given up three home runs in his time on the mound, compiling a 5.56 ERA. He is one of five pitchers to give up more than one long ball this spring.

Getting back to the batter’s box, newly acquired Matt Tuiasosopo hasn’t hit well this spring. In 34 at-bats, he has posted a dreadful .118 batting average and has struck out 14 times. His four hits are the second lowest total of any Diamondback with at least 30 ABs.

Didi Gregorius is also struggling at the plate. He has a .205 batting average in 39 at-bats and has scored just one run. Gregorius has also been successful stealing a base once in three tries.

Tony Campana is the only Diamondback with at least six hits to not have an extra base hit. His batting average is only .216, and he has struck out nine times in 37 at-bats. The only bright spot for Campana is the five stolen bases he has compiled.

All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted.

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Elbow Injury Is Terrible News for Arizona Diamondbacks and Patrick Corbin

The season for the Arizona Diamondbacks might be over before it begins with the news, first reported by AZCentral’s Nick Piecoro, that the D’Backs’ young ace Patrick Corbin has a UCL tear in his elbow that might require Tommy John surgery. 

It’s the worst thing that could have happened to the D’Backs this spring outside of an injury to Archie Bradley or Paul Goldschmidt. Losing Corbin effectively takes Arizona out of the NL West picture. 

Piecoro reports that Corbin will likely get a second opinion this week, but more than likely this means Corbin will be heading toward surgery that will likely cost him the entire 2014 and part of the 2015 season as he rehabs from injury. 

The 24-year-old Corbin was one of Arizona’s bright stars last season, turning in a 14-8 record with a 3.41 ERA in 208.1 innings. It was good enough to land Corbin in the All-Star Game last year and allowed Arizona to project a rotation headed by Corbin and top prospect Bradley going into the future.

It’s hard to fault the D’Backs for anything that has happened to Corbin. His innings have increased at a normal pace over the past five seasons. Corbin pitched 144.2 innings in 2010 followed by 160.1 innings in 2011 and a 186.1 innings in 2012. It’s a gradual increase that led to Corbin passing the 200-innings barrier last season. 

The surgery and rehab alone isn’t a guarantee that Corbin will return to form. The D’Backs have to only look at Daniel Hudson‘s recovery from Tommy John surgery to know that nothing is guaranteed. Hudson was an extremely promising young pitcher who underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2012. While making a rehab start in June 2013, Hudson injured the elbow again, causing him to undergo a second Tommy John surgery that month. 

Outside of nine starts made in 2012, the 27-year-old Hudson may effectively lose almost three full seasons in the prime of his career. If the D’Backs are out of contention this summer, it makes very little sense to push Hudson at all in his recovery this season. 

In trying to look at the D’Backs 2014 campaign in a positive light, the hope was that a rotation built around Corbin and Bradley coupled with free agent Bronson Arroyo and the improved performance of veterans Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley and Brandon McCarthy would allow the D’Backs to contend for a playoff spot in 2014. 

Instead, the rotation stands in shambles before the season has even started. Arroyo has been dealing with a disk issue in his back for much of the spring, Cahill left Wednesday’s game after having a minor issue with his knee, and now Corbin is potentially lost for the season before even the first game is played. 

Randall Delgado should be the obvious answer to fill Corbin’s shoes. Delgado was a central piece in last winter’s Justin Upton deal, and now the D’Backs will get a chance to fully evaluate him this season. Delgado was 5-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts for Arizona in 2013. 

While it was hard to imagine the D’Backs contending for the NL West or a wild-card spot with Corbin, it is virtually impossible to see this pitching staff replacing Corbin and matching up with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants this season. Arizona simply doesn’t have the starting pitching to match up head-to-head. 

If Corbin has surgery this month, it effectively means he will be coming back next season after a 12-month absence with the hope of impacting the rotation by the middle of next season. That rotation figures to look very different then the one that takes the field this season. 

Unfortunately for the D’Backs, they continue to be snake-bit while attempting to get back into playoff contention. 

Information used from Nick Piecoro/AZCentral, Baseball-ReferenceWikipedia

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Injury Concerns for Bronson Arroyo and the Arizona Diamondbacks

Bronson Arroyo is having trouble with a slightly bulging disk in his back and was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The news first came from MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. 

In the overall scheme of things, it might turn out to be a minor issue. But, right now, it can’t be seen as anything other than a red flag for Arroyo and the 2014 D-backs. 

The 37-year-old Arroyo was signed late in the offseason to a two-year deal worth $23.5 million. Although I liked the signing of Arroyo, it seemed like the D-backs paid well above market value for a player who had few options at that point of the winter. 

Part of the attraction to Arroyo was his durability and the fact that the D-backs wouldn’t have to surrender a draft pick for signing him. The ability to pencil in Arroyo for 200 innings, double-digit wins and the knowledge that he would take the ball every fifth day was a very valuable thing for the D-backs to bank on.

If Arroyo comes to the desert and immediately starts having health issues, then this deal will lead to a lot of questions for D-backs general manager Kevin Towers. Towers doesn’t sound too concerned yet in this article from AZ Central’s Zach Buchanan. There still is time in the spring and Arroyo has a history of overcoming injuries and illness as Towers points out. 

Towers had to bring in a veteran arm like Arroyo due to the inconsistency and struggles of Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill. The D-backs are giving both pitchers plenty of opportunity to gain spots in the starting rotation this spring, but have no idea what to expect from either. The early returns show that McCarthy has been very good while Cahill has continued to struggle. Both pitchers will need to give the D-backs more this year. 

Which is why the signing of Arroyo was so important for Arizona. He has been nothing but consistent in his major league career, giving the D-backs some stability in the rotation to go along with young lefties Patrick Corbin and Wade Miley. Arroyo also allows the D-backs to take their time with talented prospect Archie Bradley, although he has been very impressive this spring. 

But, a bulging-disk issue for a 37-year-old starting pitcher has to be a concern, especially when Arroyo just passed a team-administered physical in order to be signed. Which means that this injury, even if it is minor, is something that has come about since Arroyo signed with Arizona.

Arroyo will be shut down for seven to 10 days in order to give his back time to heal. Arroyo was already behind the rest of the pitching staff after signing right before the D-Backs reported for spring training. This might raise the question of his ability to be on the 2014 Opening Day roster.

This delay could allow the D-backs to take it very easy with Arroyo. By having him start the season on the disabled list, it would allow the D-backs to target the first week of April without having Arroyo rush back to meet an arbitrary deadline. The team could also get Bradley’s feet wet at the major league level. 

If the D-backs are to contend for a playoff spot this year, they will need Arroyo to be healthy and in the starting rotation. 


Information used from Steve Gilbert/MLB.com, Baseball-Reference, Zach Buchanan/AZ Central,

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Where Does Jarrod Parker Rank Among A’s Recent Top Young Arms?

Though his major league career is still extremely young, it’s hard not to notice why the Oakland A’s were willing to part with a player like Trevor Cahill to acquire Jarrod Parker.  

After a few late shaky starts during the spring, Parker was demoted to AAA Sacramento.  He was able to rebound, however, going 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA, and more importantly, surrendering only six walks in 22 innings.

He was then able to continue that success once promoted to Oakland in late April.  Allowing only two earned runs or less in each of his four starts, he has surpassed expectations thus far this season, but his control is still a concern.  In his last two starts, he has given up a combined nine walks in only 12.2 innings pitched.

If he is to continue this level of success, then control is one aspect of his game that needs to drastically improve.  Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time until opposing teams take advantage of all the free passes that Parker gives up over the course of a game.  Should he straighten out his control issues though and live up to his potential, then expect him to join the long line of young talented pitchers that have recently graced the mound in Oakland.

Beginning with Trevor Cahill, the young righty has been mightily inconsistent thus far in his career.  Coming off a 2010 campaign in which he went 18-8 and garnered Cy Young consideration at the ripe old age of 22, Cahill followed that up with an extremely disappointing season last year.  Finishing with an ERA over 4.00, Cahill was repeatedly roughed up late in the season, giving up as many as 10 earned runs in his starts.  This prompted Oakland to move Cahill this past offseason, trading him to Arizona for Parker, among others. 

With Cahill, the ability is clearly there.  Possessing one of the game’s best sinkers when it’s on, he has put up top of the rotation numbers in years past.  Like Parker, he just needs to remain more consistent.

He needs to focus on repeating the same arm slot with each pitch, throwing more over the top when he throws his sinker, thereby allowing him to get more on top of the ball, resulting in much more sinking movement.  As of now, Cahill has a slight edge over Parker because he has shown that he does possess the stuff to be one of the game’s best pitchers.  Parker is still very inexperienced at this point, so his longevity over the course of a season is still unknown.

One player who like Cahill was traded far too soon this offseason was Gio Gonzalez.  Traded to Washington, Gonzalez established himself as one of the game’s top lefties last year, finishing with an ERA of 3.12.  He has managed to top that number thus far this year, dominating with an ERA under 2.00.

Like Parker, Gonzalez had control issues early in his career.  Once he was able to manage that aspect of his game, his overpowering stuff was able to shine.  With these two pitchers, it’s not a matter of talent, it’s merely harnessing it.  

Gonzalez was known to be a bit temperamental while on the mound, occasionally letting his emotions get the better of him.  So far, Parker hasn’t shown anything that would leave one to believe that he could lose his cool while pitching, but at this point Parker is still a liability every time he takes the mound. 

Both possess tremendous breaking balls; for Gonzalez it’s his curveball, for Parker it’s his slider.  If Parker can get an overall better feel for his pitches, then reaching Gonzalez’s level is only a matter of time.

The other member of the big three that came up in Oakland a few years ago, and the only one still with the club, is Brett Anderson.  Potentially the most talented of the three, and I say potentially because we’ve hardly seen him play, Anderson coming up had every look of an ace.

Anderson and Parker do actually share a similarity, but it’s an unfortunate one because the similarity I refer to is that they have both undergone Tommy John surgery despite neither being over 24.  It’s a pity because in the short amount of time Anderson has pitched for Oakland, the potential for greatness is there.

Like Parker, Anderson has overpowering stuff, possessing a fastball that can reach the mid-90s consistently.  What separates Anderson from Parker, though, is his feel for pitching.  Anderson has much better command with all pitches, being able to throw any pitch in any count.  Hopefully for Anderson, he’s able to regain his form just as Parker did when he came back from the injury and be that top of the rotation starter the A’s still see him as.

There is no question Parker has the ability to be a dominant pitcher.  With more experience and guidance, there is no reason why Parker can’t equal or even surpass the other young pitchers that have come through Oakland in recent years. 

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2012: Late-Round Draft Gems That Will Dominate

We head into the final push for fantasy owners yet to take on the task of drafting a brilliant fantasy baseball team. You know all the marquee names, and now you have to take care of those sleepers lurking in the late rounds that will secure your season victory. 

We all know that the Robinson Canos and Matt Kemps of the world will fall to those lucky enough to be in line to take them. 

It really is all about position at the top, taking the scantest of skill, but the real joy comes in the later rounds, where the craftiest of fantasy owners shine. 

Here are the players who will make you look like a draft-day genius. 

For Average Draft Projection, we use the ESPN average of their fantasy leagues


1. Lucas Duda

I will ask you a simple question: What’s not to like about a big swinger who makes great contact on the ball?

Duda will man right field and get the green light, making him a power-hitting possibility to target in the later rounds. His current ADP is 208.9, so he will be around when most power hitters are gone. 

He is having a solid spring. Per USA Today he already has three home runs and seven RBI in the preseason.  


2. Jose Tabata

Being well-rounded isn’t a bad thing and is a blessing to find in the later rounds. The Pirates’ outfielder has an ADP of 222.1, which makes him a steal. 

His batting average took a dip last season, but his walk rate increased and his OBP remained stagnant. This could be the year he puts it all together. 


3. Trevor Cahill

Here is an innings eater and is pitching for a solid ball club in the D-Backs. He should flirt with 15 wins as he continues to miss bats and induce ground balls. 

With an ADP of 223.7, Cahill should be a late starting pitcher who will solidify a staff with consistency. 


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Oakland Athletics 2012 Team Calendar: A Symbol of Frustration

Do not buy the Oakland Athletics 2012 team calendar for anything other than humorous reasons. 

As an avid fan, let me explain why. 

Recently, I was at a Barnes and Noble doing some last-minute holiday shopping, along with what seemed like everyone else in the Bay Area. The store was packed and the shelves barren. I found myself wandering into the calendar section, the only place that didn’t look destroyed by Hurricane Procrastination. 

Scanning the available stock, I was sorely disappointed with myself—socks and calendars rival each other as the most thoughtless gift to give someone. 

But on Christmas Eve, anything becomes a possibility. 

Top shelf, at eye level, a green and gold one caught my attention. It was the A’s team calendar for 2012, with four players gracing the cover: starting pitchers Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill, closer Andrew Bailey and catcher Kurt Suzuki. 

At the time, half of those players had already been traded away. Before the year even started!

Needless to say, I got a good chuckle. It was an LLOL moment, I literally laughed out loud at the item that stood before me. That was followed by the dejected realization that the club had once again parted ways with more proven players in exchange for unproven prospects. A pattern us fans have sadly grown accustomed to. 

The calendar not only represents 2012, but the past decade of frustration as we’ve watched several quality players develop in an A’s uniform only to be traded or allowed to walk away as they enter their prime. 

The growing list includes Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Tim Hudson, Dan Haren, Carlos Gonzales and plenty more. The trend has continued this offseason with the dealing of the organization’s three most recent All-Stars (Gio Gonzales, Bailey and Cahill) and outfielder Josh Willingham, the only power-hitter in an otherwise impotent lineup.

It’s a merry-go-round that seems to have no end. 

So, once again, purchase the calendar at your own risk. The remaining two on the cover may be traded while you stand in line at the local bookstore. 

Then again, you didn’t need me to tell you that, as fans have adopted the frugal philosophy of Billy Beane’s front office. 

Good thing the calendar is probably at a heavily discounted price by now—at least half off. 

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Trevor Cahill In, Jarrod Parker Out: Diamondbacks Trade Is in Eye of Beholder

On Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired pitchers Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for right fielder Collin Cowgill and pitchers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook.

While some Diamondbacks fans may be quick to criticize this trade, the addition of both Breslow and Cahill falls in line with GM Kevin Towers’ comments last month regarding a wish to add “more veteran pitching” to the roster.

Breslow is a left-handed pitcher who has amassed a 3.06 career ERA in six MLB seasons with the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Oakland.

As Breslow has never started a game at the major league level in his career, expect this 31-year-old to work exclusively out of the Arizona bullpen, where he will add experience and veteran leadership to a relief staff whose average age is in the mid-20s.

Breslow’s extensive experience throughout baseball will be a nice compliment to the development of potential newer pitchers Sam Demel, David Hernandez and Zach Kroenke, to name a few.

Cahill is Breslow’s opposite: He is right-handed and has started all 96 MLB games he has appeared in for the Oakland A’s. With just three years in the league, he is technically a budding veteran, although his young age of 23 years suggests he still may be very receptive to further growth.

His statistics might have regressed from his All-Star 2010 season (18-8, 2.97 ERA) to 2011 (12-14, 4.16 ERA), but Cahill’s youth suggests a change of scenery and move from the AL to the NL might just be enough to jump start a period of success in the desert.

Cahill is a career 40-35 pitcher with a 3.91 ERA in his 583.0 innings of big league work. He ranked first in the AL with 34 games started in 2011, which is a testament to his durability.

Cahill’s level of experience and age is a perfect compliment to the projected Diamondbacks rotation of Ian Kennedy (26 years old), Daniel Hudson (24 years old), Josh Collmenter (25 years old) and potentially Micah Owings (29 years old), who went 8-0 last season as a primarily relief pitcher.

Owings, who was bumped from the Diamondbacks rotation in 2011 due to the acquisition of currently injured free agent Jason Marquis, should be a promising candidate for the No. 4 or No. 5 spot in the 2012 rotation.

Unfortunately and as trades tend to go, the Diamondbacks did surrender several key youngsters, including highly rated pitcher Jarrod Parker and outfielder Collin Cowgill.

Sure, Parker was injured and underwent what has become an increasingly routine Tommy John surgery in 2009, but since his return last season, he has continued to show signs of improvement and potential.

Though it is fairly impossible to predict MLB success from just one appearance, Parker pitched 5.2 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in late September 2011, allowing zero runs and striking out one with a WHIP of 0.88 in his big league debut.

Cowgill played 36 games in his first year at the major league level, recording a .239 batting average in 92 at bats. Cowgill had received numerous awards at the minor league level, including five All-Star selections over his past MiLB two seasons and receiving the PCL Rookie of the Year Award in 2011.

As much as the Diamondbacks wanted to bolster their rotation and bullpen heading into 2012, the A’s were eager to start rebuilding a team that hasn’t seen postseason baseball since 2006.

This trade allows both teams to make a statement—just with different levels of enthusiasm.

In an offseason that has seen the Los Angeles Angels acquire Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson on the same day, perhaps no other transaction can come anywhere close to drawing a similar level of fervor.

Still, the Diamondbacks’ end of the bargain seems particularly ho-hum compared to the A’s acquiring Parker and Cowgill.

Cahill and Breslow might be what the GM ordered, but the names seem excessively practical in this offseason trade environment, especially when contrasted with the departure of Parker—and the buzz associated with his maturation.

Ultimately, to declare Diamondbacks are significantly better or worse because of this trade is rather premature and inevitably subjective.

Cahill has never pitched for a non-Oakland team before and even in his limited experience against the National League in 2011, Cahill was fairly consistent with a 2-1 record and 2.52 ERA. His two starts against the San Francisco Giants and one against the Philadelphia Phillies were virtually flawless with a sub-1.15 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 21.2 innings pitched.

In 2010, Cahill was 3-0 against the NL with a 2.42 ERA in four starts.

Breslow pitched his best during his brief stint with San Diego in 2005, his only NL team, and has kept his ERA under control as of late.

Both pitchers’ win-loss records in Oakland are not very revealing because they both played for a team with one of the worst offenses in the American League over the past few years—third to last place in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, home runs, RBI, runs scored, hits and total bases.

The glass-half-full Arizona fan might also point to the uncertainty of Parker’s lasting post-Tommy John potential, the risk involved in signing three fresh-faced ballplayers and the relief of unloading three debatable prospects.

On the other hand, the glass-half-empty Arizona fan might point to the loss of a potentially great prospect in Parker, a highly decorated young outfielder in Cowgill and an apparently middle-of-the-road Cahill and Breslow combination.

In the end, the value and outcome of the Diamondbacks and Athletics trade is truly in the eye of the beholder.

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D-Backs Do It Right, Deal Top Prospect Jarrod Parker for Veteran Trevor Cahill

Honestly, nobody outside of the state of Arizona expected the Diamondbacks to win more games than they lost in 2011, much less compete for a division title.

In the end, however, they wound up with 94 victories, a spot in the playoffs and most importantly, renewed confidence that they can compete on an annual basis for the foreseeable future.

With Trevor Cahill, whose addition is more ironic than you’d think, joining the starting five, the D-Backs now have one of the top rotations not only in the National League West, but in all of baseball.

Don’t forget, too, just how young this unit is. Cahill will turn 24 on March 1, while Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 ERA), Dan Hudson (16-12, 3.49) and Josh Collmenter (10-10, 3.38), the crux of the 2011 staff, are all 27 years old or younger.

Think of the Diamondbacks pitching staff as a slightly older, much more seasoned version of the rotation being assembled across the nation in Tampa Bay.

Cahill is the perfect addition for Arizona. In Oakland he was often forced, due to the poor health of Brett Anderson (who coincidentally was drafted the same year as Cahill, but by Arizona) into the role of staff ace, and while he may yet have that potential, for the time being, he seems to pitch much better in a less pressure-packed role. Having three experienced starters ahead of him in Arizona should allow him to blossom and maybe even to ascend to No. 1 status.

Getting a pitcher of Cahill’s stature isn’t the only sensational thing the Diamondbacks did here, though. They also expertly played the prospect game.

Once upon a time, right-hander Jarrod Parker was the darling of a thin Arizona farm system. He was essentially the whole enchilada when it came to front-line starting pitching.

In the four years since they made him their first-round selection, however, they’ve added a handful or high-upside starting pitchers, including: Trevor Bauer (20), Archie Bradley (19), Pat Corbin (21), David Holmberg (20), Anthony Meo (21) and Tyler Skaggs (20).

Three of those pitchers (Bauer, Bradley and Skaggs) have top-of-the-rotation stuff. Two of them, Bauer and Skaggs, are nearly big-league ready.

Combine those additions with a serious injury to Parker’s throwing arm, one that caused him to miss the entire 2010 season, and a pitcher who once ranked as the 29th best prospect in all of baseball now seems expendable.

Parker showed some promise in 2011, his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 3.79 ERA while gutting out a career-high 130.2 innings, but he also showed some rust. The 55 walks he issued, and the 11 batters he plunked were also career highs.

Don’t get me wrong, Parker still has immense potential. When he was healthy back in 2008 and 2009, he looked as good as any pitching prospect in the game. 

His control and his stuff were excellent and he had the poise of a 10-year veteran on the mound, despite being plucked straight from high school. No doubt, the A’s also won in this deal, assuming he can return to his pre-Tommy John form.

For the Diamondbacks as an organization, though, they have improved their depth to the point where they didn’t need Parker to pan out for them as they once did. They have plenty of talented arms and they’re bound to hit with one or more of them.

Back to the point. The D-Backs should get high marks for the deal because they used Parker the way a team with loaded pitching depth should.

They made what will likely come out to be an even swap, dealing a top prospect who’s not yet ready for a seasoned, albeit still young, pitcher who can help their team now.

Come next September, assuming a good chunk of their starting five makes it through the season healthy, the D-Backs could be thinking much higher than just a division crown. With Cahill leading the charge, they could be a legitimate contender for the National League pennant.

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