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.