According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Tribune, the San Diego Padres are nearing a one-year deal with pitcher Trevor Cahill. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but are said to be similar to what Clayton Richard received from San Diego earlier in the year ($1.75 million). Cahill has been operating out of the bullpen, but will be given a chance to start in San Diego.
Cahill, 28, was a former second-round pick in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, and broke into the league in 2009. Cahill operated as a starter and earned a 2010 All Star spot, before being dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks after three seasons in Oakland.
Cahill spent three more seasons in Arizona and began to struggle in the rotation. Cahill moved on to the Atlanta Braves and most recently the Chicago Cubs, where Cahill settled into the bullpen full time. Cahill went 4-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 50 appearances with the Cubs last season.
The Padres have been searching for rotation help, mostly in a stop gap role, as they let their large prospect pool develop. Cahill joins Jhoulys Chacin, Clayton Richard, Luis Perdomo, Jarred Cosart, Paul Clemens and Christian Friedrich as options for the rotation going forward. Cahill could easily slide back into the bullpen should the experiment back in the rotation not work out.
For Cahill, this signing in San Diego marks a return to the area he grew up in as a child. Cahill was born in Oceanside, California and attended Vista High School in Vista, California.