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Diamondbacks made call-up promise to Trevor Cahill, but he’s been terrible in the minors

Jun 30, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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When the Diamondbacks demoted 26-year-old veteran Trevor Cahill all the way down to Single-A three weeks ago they apparently did so while promising him that he’d be back in the majors by a certain date.

According to Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic the right-hander “agreed to go down to the minors instead of opting to be a free agent after being designated for assignment because he trusted the organization to do right by him.”

General manager Kevin Towers told Buchanan that “there’s a time we’re going to bring him back either in the pen or as a starter” and “we discussed all that with him before he went down.”

Which is fine, except Cahill–who was later moved up from Single-A to Triple-A–has a 6.60 ERA in four starts since the demotion, allowing 12 runs and 20 baserunners in 14 innings. He’s done nothing to warrant a return to the Diamondbacks, so if he does get a call-up expect it to be in a low-leverage relief role.

  1. luz56 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    The Diamondbacks have been terrible who would want to come up from the farm!

  2. jackweho - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Once again, Billy Beane comes out on top. Realizing that Cahill may have peaked , he dumped him and the 30.5 million guaranteed contract on the Diamondbacks. didn’t matter who the A’s got-they got rid of a 30 million albatross. Kevin Towers…the T in Towers is for Terrible. Billy Beane…the B in Beane is for Brilliant.
    The Diamondbacks had one great season, but seem doomed to mediocrity for the near and long term. They will never be as hot as the Phoenix summer heat.

    • gbrim - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Never is a very long time. Get rid of Towers (in process), have some patience with the young guys you develop (DBacks have an excellent track record in player development), and the medium term future could be great. Ugly for a while, however.

    • vanmorrissey - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      And BB did not come out, in the short run, with the Johnson signing over the winter. Always wondered about that.

    • lanflfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Billy Beane once traded a young kid named Andre Either for notorious hot head Milton Bradly. How brilliant was that move? I know I am in the extreme minority but I don’t buy into Beane’s supposed brilliance.

  3. thepittsburghkid - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Hopefully the Pirates pick him up for nothing (like Worley) and turn him into more depth. Benedict and Searage can do no wrong in their reclamation projects.

  4. vanmorrissey - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Better watch out KT, Tony is watching!

  5. yahmule - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    The problem is most people don’t understand the way the DBacks place value on players. They’re planning to bring back Cahill next homestand for an important brushback pitch.

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