White Sox

White Sox, Diamondbacks make minor trade

1 Comment

There was a small deal on a slow day as the Chicago White Sox announced that they’ve acquired minor league right-hander Ryan Burr from the Arizona Diamondbacks for international signing bonus pool money.

Burr was a fifth round pick of the Dbacks in 2015. He’s not a top prospect and has not played above A-ball. He’s probably overqualified for A-ball, however, as he’s struck out 29 batters in 25 innings pitched, walking only six and allowing only two earned runs in 17 games at Visalia. Maybe he becomes something, maybe he doesn’t. The White Sox obviously think it’s worth a little international bonus money to find out.

Or maybe they just did it for the yuks:

They were not going to throw away their shot at making a good tweet, I guess.

Report: Athletics sign Trevor Cahill to one-year deal

Getty Images
1 Comment

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.