Last year when Francisco Rodriguez arrived at spring training he had a new Italian sports car delivered to the parking lot on the back of a flatbed truck. This year, a bit more humility. You’ll have that when you’re still on your “I apologize for getting into that fight with my girlfriend’s dad in the clubhouse” apology tour:
“It was an unfortunate situation I put myself in. I regret it 1,000 percent. I’ve got to move on and learn from this mistake. It made me grow up more as a human being and I’m truly sorry for the way I put my teammates and the organization and of course the fans in that spot in that situation. I’m just looking for Mets fans to give me one more opportunity to go out there and prove to them it’s a different Frankie Rodriguez.”
And you know he’s serious because 1,000% is an awful lot of percents.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.