Esmil Rogers’ mid-90s fastball failed to produce results in Colorado, so he’ll get a fresh start in Cleveland after being picked up in return for cash considerations Tuesday.
Rogers was previously designated for assignment on Satursday.
A full-time reliever for the first time, the 26-year-old Rogers struck out 29 in 25 2/3 innings for the Rockies, but he walked 18 and amassed an 8.06 ERA in the process. Last year, he had a 7.05 ERA in 13 starts and five relief appearances.
Still, Rogers’ right arm is tantalizing, which is why the Rockies stuck with him for so long. He’s averaged 96.1 mph with his fastball this year, making him one of the game’s hardest throwers. If he can start getting ahead with his heater and tighten up his slider some, he could yet become an excellent reliever.
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.