Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers revealed two weeks ago that the team made a promise to call Trevor Cahill back up to the majors by a certain date when they demoted the right-hander and his $30 million contract to Single-A.
Sure enough Cahill has been called up to Arizona despite 20 walks in 28 innings at Triple-A (and one ugly outing at Single-A). Cahill also had a 5.66 ERA in 41 innings for Arizona before the demotion, so it’s tough to argue that he’s back in the big leagues based on merit.
And yet not only is he back, Cahill is set to start Friday against the Cubs rather than taking on a low-leverage relief role. He’s still owed about $12 million through next season, which is why the Diamondbacks are giving him another shot.
The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.
Saunders was an All-Star in 2016 due to his wonderful start, but he cratered in the second half of the season. Overall is numbers looked good — he hit 24 homers and posted a line of .253/.338/.478, but his second half line was .178/.282/.357 in 58 games. He’s not the best defender around either.
The Phillies could use him, however, and if he has another red hot first half, there’s a decent chance they could flip him if they wanted to.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.