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Diamondbacks demote Trevor Cahill to Single-A after $30 million contract clears waivers

Jun 12, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

Trevor Cahill, Charles Nagy, Wil Nieves AP

Trevor Cahill cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week and the Diamondbacks have demoted the 26-year-old veteran of six big-league seasons to Single-A.

It’s no surprise that none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with Cahill because he’s making $7.7 million this season and is owed $12 million in 2015, plus future buyouts on team options as part of a five-year deal signed in 2011. And of course he also has a 5.66 ERA in 41 innings this season, so that didn’t help either.

There’s a good chance he’ll be back in the majors at some point relatively soon considering his 3.89 ERA in nearly 1,000 career innings prior to this season, but in the meantime he’s not taking up a spot on the 40-man roster and it’s possible the Diamondbacks could look to trade him if they eat enough salary.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Ouch. He better get used to being called “Gramps”.

  2. bolweevils2 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Why would they have sent him all the way down to single A though? Maybe they have something they want him to work on and thought this way he could do it with no pressure?

    • pappageorgio - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      I think part of it is no pressure. The other part is that the team believes it’s a re-build and when you send a guy to AAA he probably believes believes he’s a small adjustment or two away from the bigs…..a couple of good showings and you’re back in the show.

      Bust a guy all the way down to single A and it sends a different message.

  3. mazblast - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Teams don’t usually do this unless they’re convinced the talent is there and that they need to do a complete rebuild of a pitcher’s delivery. The classic example of this was when Toronto sent Roy Halladay to single-A years ago.

    In a way, this is a compliment to Cahill. Arizona may well be saying, “We believe in you, but you need to start from scratch.”

    Meanwhile, Cahill can make a lot of friends by buying a lot of team dinners, considering he’s making many times what the rest of the A-ball players and coaches are making–combined.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Heck he’s probably making more then the Single A franchise is worth.

  4. djjackson81 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    He can be traded if Dbacks eat 75% of his deal.

  5. kycardsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Give Dave Duncan a little time with him

    • gbrim - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      He had time in spring training.

    • nsauser - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      He needs to spend time with a treadmill.

  6. syphermce - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I have a funny feeling the Orioles will end up with him if he’s traded. They seem to like going after “projects” over established players most of the time.

    • nvl004 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      The O’s do seem to go after these kind of guys. It worked out with Nate McClouth two years ago and didn’t work out this year with Johan Santana.

      The O’s don’t trade for those kind of guys though, they simply sign them to low-risk minor league deals.

  7. Andee - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Darn, Single-A life is a far, far cry from life in the bigs. I like Cahill, hope he can put it back together.

  8. edelmanfanclub - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Surprised when they outrighted him he went to A not AAA. Probably more of a confidence thing, those AAA hitters are not bad.

  9. randygnyc - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    I wonder if he’s gonna pay for his own hotel rooms so he’ll be upgraded. Can’t imagine he’ll be wanting to share a room with an 18 year old kid at a red roof inn

    • nottinghamforest13 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      At best Red Roof Inn. A lot of the minor league players are hosted at people’s houses when on the road. That would be weird.

      • Old Gator - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:16 AM

        He’s lucky he’s in the Snakes’ system. If he were in Single-A for the Scrooge McLoria’s Feesh, he’d probably be sleeping on corn shuck mattresses on the road.

  10. bkool37 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    I’m not sure exactly where they shipped him, but it is most likely Visalia CA. The other options Reno or Alabama. So I’m not so sure the decision is that bad to Cahill. Alabama would have been more of a statement.

  11. foreverchipper10 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Just because he is assigned to A ball right now doesn’t mean that is where he will stay. Remember back in 2007 when the Indians sent someone names Cliff Lee all the way down to A+ ball? He had one appearance there, then one at AA before making eight appearances at the AAA level. He then was promoted back to the bigs and became the Cliff Lee we know today. I’m not saying this will happen with Cahill but it doesn’t necessarily mean he will be in A ball for long.

  12. mkprz - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    He’s still a millionaire.
    Am I supposed to feel for this guy?

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