No Loser In Cahill Trade

The Diamondbacks and the Athletics have hooked up yet again and have made a deal for one of Oakland's starting pitchers. This year it's Trevor Cahill that's headed to the desert, and while that will bolster their rotation, this is a deal where Oakland can easily claim a victory as well.

Trevor Cahill took a step back in 2011 at least in terms of his statistics. His stuff is still good and he sinks the ball as well as any pitcher in the league. And, you can likely bank on solid performances out of him for years to come. However, he's also a pitcher that could benefit tremendously from a move to the National League. He had some of his greatest struggles against the most potent American League lineups. The NL should allow him to pitch deeper into games, and his sinker ball approach simply matches up better against NL clubs.

The Diamondbacks also received Craig Breslow in this deal, and he is certainly more than a throw in. He'll give Arizona some quality left-handed innings out of the bullpen and gives them some depth they badly needed in that department.

As much as this deal will benefit Arizona in the coming years, Oakland may be eventually looked upon as the winners. When Jarrod Parker is right, he's one of the game's most exciting pitching prospects, and Oakland now has him. Parker has a plus fastball in the low to mid 90s as well as a plus breaking ball. He doesn't have the prototypical front of the rotation size, and you have to worry about his health at least a little, but he's a pure front end type starter if things break right.

Oakland also received 25-year-old outfielder, Collin Cowgill, who has a chance to be a quality role player, as well as Ryan Cook, a reliever with a fastball that hovers around 95-96 mph and a slider that can miss big league bats.

In other words, aside from getting a blue chipper in Parker, Oakland also get their hands on some quality secondary pieces in exchange for Cahill. And, as much as Cahill will help Arizona you have to wonder if, in time, this will look like a deal in which they gave up too much for a less than front of the rotation starter. The front of the rotation starter in this deal may be Jarrod Parker, and he'll be pitching in Oakland.

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