The Arizona Diamondbacks have finally made some news. As rumored all week, the Dbacks were trying to add another veteran arm, namely either the Oakland A’s Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez. That meant parting with at least one top prospect. Well, the trade just went down minutes ago and is now official. The Dbacks have traded pitchers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook, along with outfielder Collin Cowgill to the A’s for pitchers Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow.
The Dbacks wanted Gio Gonzalez it seemed more, however that would have meant parting with the likes of a Tyler Skaggs, the number one prospect in the organization. They didn’t want to make that move and I don’t blame them. They will be happy Skaggs is still around here in the next year or so. As for Parker, I have mixed feelings.
Parker finally got his shot at the end of the 2011 season, starting one game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final week of the season, pitching a brilliant five innings. Then he was surprisingly added to the postseason roster.
Cahill brings a veteran arm to the starting rotation. Cahill struggled a bit in 2011, going 14-16 with a 4.16 ERA. However he went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 2010 and provided durability in both seasons.
This move probably ends the pursuit of Joe Saunders, although his offer is still on the table from the Dbacks. If he declines it, which I think he will, then he will become a free agent as of Monday.