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.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.