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Diamondbacks move Trevor Cahill and his 9.17 ERA to the bullpen

Apr 14, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

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The Diamondbacks begin play today with a major-league worst 4-11 record and are already six games behind the first-place Dodgers in the National League West, so they have decided to shake things up their starting rotation.

Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that the Diamondbacks will move the struggling Trevor Cahill to the bullpen. Mike Bolsinger has been called up from Triple-A Reno and will make his first major league start Saturday against the Rockies.

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson hinted last week that Cahill’s spot was in jeopardy, so six runs (two earned) on five hits and five walks over four innings yesterday against the Dodgers was apparently the last straw. The 26-year-old right-hander is 0-4 with a 9.17 ERA and 13 walks over 17 2/3 innings this season.

Cahill is owed $20 million through 2015 and his contract includes a pair of club options for 2016 and 2017, so the Diamondbacks have some incentive to get him straightened out. As far as early April decisions go, this feels like a panic move, especially since Bolsinger and Josh Collmenter aren’t better bets for success. The Diamondbacks are clearly focused on winning now, so it might not be long before we see top prospect Archie Bradley make his major league debut.

  1. jolink653 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Give Billy Beane credit: he really knows how to sell high on his players. Cahill was a front of the rotation guy in Oakland, but has fallen apart since he was traded, while Parker really has been good, though he’s unfortunately hurt now

    • lanflfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Frequently, but not all the time. Beane once traded a young prospect named Andre Either for one Milton Bradley.

      Either has had a pretty good run for the Dodgers the last few years.

      What’s Bradley up to lately? For that matter, where is Bradley?

      • cubfan531 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:53 AM

        Appealing a sentence of 960 days in jail, seven years probation, and 400 hours of community service for a bunch of charges stemming from spousal abuse. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-milton-bradley-convicted-spousal-battery-20130603,0,4921896.story#axzz2ywXyCvUG

      • pvaz869 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Nobody’s perfect. Not even Beane. But, during that time, Bradley had as much, if not more, upside than Andre E. Bradley just had a bad attitude and prone to destructive behavior. And we all know every GM and manager wants to be the one to get through to a guy like that with potential

  2. Old Gator - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    I gather that the bullpen is where the Diamondbacks process Soylent Green.

  3. luz56 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    KT isn’t long for the desert with all if his gritty moves…score cards don’t lie

    • gbrim - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      The biggest problem is the owner (or, more accurately, the managing partner of the group than owns the DBacks) Ken Kendrick. The team craters, their good farm system develops some guys with a future, the team does much better than expected one year (NL West winners), the team unloads much of their farm talent to acquire vets to ‘get them over the top’. Payroll increases to the breaking point for a team with pretty meager resources. The team deeply disappoints and is broken up. Lather, rinse, repeat. It has happened twice under Kendrick (2007 and later, then 2011 and later). Kendrick has been responsible for hiring Wally Backman, hiring Josh Byrnes (with unprecedented power), firing Bob Melvin, and the list goes on. Kendrick has no aptitude for hiring baseball management, and no patience for letting the team develop a winner in a manner consistent with their very limited financial resources. The problem starts with him, and I don’t think it will go away until he steps down.

  4. thebadguyswon - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Cahill is ten kinds of horrible. He’ll be out of baseball in another year or two.

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