Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports that the Dodgers have signed Trevor Cahill.
Cahill was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves earlier this month after allowing 23 runs in 26 innings and getting demoted to the pen in the process. That’s a long way removed from the Cahill who made the All-Star team for the A’s as a 22-year-old in 2010 and later signed a $30 million contract. Since the beginning of 2014, however, he’s gone 3-15 with a 5.98 ERA, with the Dbacks and then the Braves cutting ties with him.
Injuries to both Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy make him attractive to the Dodgers, however, and they’ll try this quick and cheap fix before, one presumes, looking around for trade possibilities.
The Dodgers signed left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract over the winter even though injuries had limited him to a total of 123 innings at the major league level between 2012-2014. It has proven to be a wise gamble thus far.
Anderson struck out a season-high 10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-1 win over the Marlins last night. He gave up just five hits and one walk, with the only run scoring on a ground out from Adeiny Hechavarria in the first inning. Amazingly, he allowed just one fly ball in the 25 batters he faced while inducing 13 grounders.
Anderson now has a 3.13 ERA and 62/24 K/BB ratio in 89 innings across 15 starts this season. Meanwhile, his ground ball rate of 68.7 percent is the highest among major league starters. The 27-year-old has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six out of his last seven starts and has gone at least seven innings in four of them. He has already logged his most innings in a season since his age-22 season in 2010 with the Athletics. His career veered off track after that due to a long list of injuries, but not only is he healthy right now, he’s thriving. It’s easy to get overlooked on a staff which also includes Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, but his steady presence has been important for a rotation which has lost Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy to injury.
Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com notes that he revealed some interesting information during a press conference yesterday. Specifically, that the labrum tear was found in an MRI before he signed his six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers in December of 2012. Keep in mind that the team, under GM Ned Colletti, also paid a $25.7 million posting fee for exclusive negotiating rights with him.
Despite the labrum issue, Ryu managed a 3.17 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 56 starts from 2013-2014. That’s pretty darn impressive under the circumstances. He had a stint on the DL last April due to shoulder inflammation and also missed some time in September before returning for the playoffs, but he had been able to pitch through it until now. The tear is considered relatively minor, but shoulders can be tricky and it’s far from a guarantee that his rehab process will be trouble-free.
Ryu will be 29 next March and is still owed $7 million per season from 2016-2018.