The Braves have acquired right-handed starter Trevor Cahill from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league outfielder Josh Elander. The Braves also get cash considerations in the deal, with reports indicating the Diamondbacks are paying half of Cahill’s 2015 salary.
Cahill is a six-year veteran who spent the first three years of his career in Oakland and then the last three in Arizona. He just turned 27 years old on March 1. Cahill was a second round pick by the A’s in 2006.
Cahill split last season between the rotation and the bullpen. His overall numbers: 3-12, 5.61 ERA, 123 hits allowed in 110.2 innings, 55 walks and 105 strikeouts. For whatever reason, Cahill was much better when he moved to the bullpen (3.04 ERA in 15 games) compared to his work in the rotation (2-10, 6.31, 17 starts, 101 hits in 87 innings, 43 walks and 78 strikeouts).
Cahill is owed $12 million this season. There are also two team options for 2017 and 2018. The buyouts for those options are $300,000 for next season and $500,000 two years from now.
Elander just turned 24 two weeks ago. He was Atlanta’s sixth round pick in the 2012 draft out of TCU. The right-handed hitter had a great season in 2013, when he hit .293 and had 15 home runs and 93 RBI between Rome and Lynchburg. Last season he returned to the Carolina League and hit only .219 with two home runs in 37 games in an injury-plagued season.
Baseball America had Elander as Atlanta’s 13th best prospect after the 2013 season, but he dropped out of the Top 30 for this year’s Prospect Handbook.
Atlanta’s front office must also make a decision on two starters that have been in camp this spring, left-handers Wandy Rodriguez and Eric Stults. Both have outs in their contract where the Braves must tell them by Friday if they have made the big league roster or they can become free agents.
Cahill pitched in four Cactus League games this spring, with three starts. He had a 3.60 ERA, 14 hits allowed in 10 innings, with five walks and 10 strikeouts.
With the trade of Cahill, Arizona opens up a spot in its rotation for young pitcher Archie Bradley.
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