It was another day of roster shuffling for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The most significant of these moves is the designation of pitcher Trevor Cahill for assignment. It marked a stunning reversal of fortune for a guy who, just four years ago, won 18 games at the age of 22. In his place, the D’backs recalled Will Harris, activated J.J. Putz and put Eric Chavez on the 15-day disabled list.
Cahill was acquired by the Snakes before the 2011 season in exchange for pitchers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook. It didn’t seem so lopsided at the time. The sinker-balling Cahill had won 40 games in three seasons for the Oakland A’s before he turned 24 years old. However, he never seemed to duplicate the success he had in Oakland while Cook became an All-Star and Parker had a very solid two seasons for the A’s before undergoing Tommy John surgery this Spring.
The future is hazy right now for Cahill. Arizona has ten days to trade, release or send him to the Minor Leagues. Based on his level of Major League service, Cahill would have to agree to be sent down, presumably to Triple A Reno. He can refuse the assignment and become a free agent. However, the organization would still be on the hook for his $7.7 million dollars owed this season and $12.3 million dollars for 2015.
Cahill is 1-6 with a 5.66 ERA in 19 games. He was demoted to the bullpen after four starts and a 9.17 ERA.