UPDATE: Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the deal is done. The Diamondbacks will trade Cahill and cash (about $6.5 million) to the Braves for minor league outfielder Josh Elander.
Elander, 24, is a .275/.356/.435 hitter across three seasons in the minors. He has yet to play above High-A. Of course, this deal was mostly about dumping salary for Arizona. As Piecoro writes, the deal does indeed open up a spot in the rotation for Archie Bradley. That should be fun.
The Braves have been looking at options like Wandy Rodriguez and Eric Stults for the back-end of their rotation, so Cahill is a decent gamble given the relatively small investment involved. He’s coming off a rough year, but his peripherals weren’t terrible and he has enjoyed success in the past. Just getting out of Arizona will likely be a good thing for him.
7:05 p.m. ET: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks are “on the verge” of dealing Cahill to the Braves. No word on who Arizona will receive in return, but Atlanta is expected to pay about half of Cahill’s $12 million salary for 2015.
6:15 p.m. ET: It was announced on Monday that right-hander Trevor Cahill had secured a spot in the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation, but there could be a change of plans.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks “have had trade discussions” involving Cahill. According to various reports, the Braves are among the teams involved.
The Diamondbacks have multiple options they could put in Cahill’s place, but a trade would presumably clear a spot for top prospect Archie Bradley. The 22-year-old right-hander has been fantastic this spring, posting a 1.61 ERA and 14/6 K/BB ratio across 22 1/3 innings. He was mentioned as a possibility for the team’s final bullpen spot earlier this week, but Hale indicated to Piecoro earlier today that the door was still slightly open for him to win a spot in the rotation.
Cahill, 27, had an ugly 5.61 ERA across 17 starts and 15 relief appearances last season and is owed $12 million this season. The Diamondbacks would likely have to cover a large portion of his salary or take back another bad contract in order to get a deal done.
Joe Beimel was released by the Rangers last week, but it hasn’t taken him long to find a new opportunity. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the veteran reliever has returned to the Mariners on a minor league deal, pending a physical. Beimel actually made the announcement via his Instagram account.
Beimel signed a major league deal with Texas less than one month ago, but he was cut loose after giving up 14 runs (11 earned) on 13 hits and two walks over just three innings during Cactus League action. Still, he had a 2.20 ERA across 56 appearances with Seattle last season while holding left-handed batters to a .188/.217/.288 batting line. He could surface in the big leagues again soon.
Beimel will turn 38 later this month.
This video might make some of you feel old, but it’s mostly just precious and awesome. Adam LaRoche’s 13-year-old son, Drake, recently got a history lesson about Bo Jackson from Bo Jackson, who is in White Sox camp this spring as a special instructor. Check it out below:
How fun is that? I love how calmly Jackson listed off his amazing accomplishments, as if it wasn’t he first time he has had to explain them to a kid before. And he even managed to leave out some pretty important stuff, like how he’s the best video game character of all-time.
Daniel Murphy’s status for Opening Day was in jeopardy after he strained his right hamstring back on March 19, but there’s now increased optimism that he’ll be ready after all.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this afternoon there has been a “significant upgrade” in Murphy’s status from just a couple of days ago. He went 1-for-5 with a home run in a minor league intrasquad game today and is expected to play the field in another minor league game tomorrow. Barring any setbacks, the plan now calls for him to meet up with the team in Washington, D.C. in advance of Monday’s season opener against the Nationals.
Murphy, 30, batted .289/.332/.403 with nine home runs, 57 RBI, and 13 stolen bases across 143 games last season. The impending free agent is still an important part of the Mets’ lineup, but this will almost certainly be his last season in Queens.