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Angels may pursue Trevor Cahill as Bartolo Colon alternative

Aug 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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With an $11 million salary for next season Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon is apparently out of the Angels’ price range as they try to upgrade the injury wrecked rotation, but Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill could be an option.

Wade LeBlanc has already been cast aside as Garrett Richards‘ rotation replacement and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times lists Cahill among “potential trade targets.” However, here’s the confusing part: Cahill is owed $12 million for 2015, which is actually slightly more than Colon.

And whereas Colon has been a very good pitcher for three straight seasons Cahill pitched himself back to Triple-A earlier this year and has a 4.98 ERA in 87 innings for the Diamondbacks overall this season. Cahill is 15 years younger than Colon and presumably the Diamondbacks are willing to eat a bunch of his salary while the Mets aren’t, but if the Angels are trying to win this season and next season it sure seems like the older, better pitcher would be the superior target.

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  1. jarathen - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    I think DiPoto sees a higher upside with Cahill, while one imagines Colon could fall off at any time. Either way the Angels need a starter in 2015 as well with Skaggs basically ruled out until spring 2016.

    • ezthinking - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      The same Cahill that stunk up the place last night?

      Pass.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Again, I disagree with the premise. It would be tight, but I think the Angels can take Colon and stay below the lux tax. http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2014/08/yes-angels-can-sign-bartolo-colon.html

  3. SocraticGadfly - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Once again, go away.

  4. yahmule - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Cahill showed much improvement upon his return from a demotion all the way back to A ball. Until last night’s poor outing when his command deserted him again.

  5. gbrim - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    As a DBacks fan I say please make this happen. Even his better results recently have been accomplished with a ball/strike ratio of about 45/55. His better results were solely because he became virtually unhittable with runners in scoring position. That could just be a small sample size result, not indicative of any real improvement.

  6. APBA Guy - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    He could benefit from the change in scene the way McCarthy did.

    • gbrim - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      McCarthy is a better pitcher whose metrics, even with the Snakes, were pretty good. His performance never matched his awful ERA in the desert this year. One bad inning he couldn’t close out was the problem in AZ.

      Cahill’s problem is he has consistently awful mechanics to go with great stuff. Beane dumped him and his contract on Kevin Towers and the DBacks at just the right time.

      I do hope DiPoto agrees with you, APBA Guy, and gives the Snakes some budget room next year.

  7. isaiah007 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Ditipo just has a love for the horrible Dbacks players! Stop dipping into that well, it’s all dried up. Remember the Angels are paying Vernon Wells 18 million to sit at home! He and another player they are paying to not play for them but they come off the books next year which should give them about 20 million before arbitration.

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