It has been a pretty trippy 14 or 15 hours in baseball. We had the Jerry Meals thing in Atlanta, then the Rasmus trade, the Beltran (almost) trade and the Ervin Santana no-hitter. More wild stuff has gone down since 2AM than usually happens in a month.
Add a Mariners victory to it all, because they beat the New York Yankees 9-2 this afternoon, snapping their losing streak at 17.
Dustin Ackley drove in three and the badly-slumping Ichiro went 4 for 5. Felix Hernandez went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. Phil Hughes wasn’t appreciably worse — two runs in six innings — but the Yankees bullpen and defense betrayed them, turning a 2-1 game into a 7-1 game, and from there it was just a matter of time. Even the lowly Mariners don’t blow five run leads late. At least not that often.
Welcome back to the land of the living, Seattle.
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.