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.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.