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.
Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures.
Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals earlier this year.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports, citing a source as well as Nikkan Sports, that reliever Koji Uehara is close to signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Uehara, 41, finished the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. When Uehara returned from the disabled list on September 7, he tossed 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks through the end of the regular season. So there’s at least some evidence, albeit in a very small sample size, that Uehara has stuff left in the tank.
The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals. Uehara would join Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., Justin Grimm, and Mike Montgomery in what is once again a very deep bullpen.