Trevor Cahill opts out of minor league deal with the Dodgers

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Pitcher Trevor Cahill has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract with the Dodgers to become a free agent, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. The Dodgers signed Cahill to a minor league deal in early July, two weeks after he was released by the Braves.

In 28 2/3 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Cahill compiled a 6.28 ERA with a 17/14 K/BB ratio. He made three starts and 12 relief appearances at the major league level for the Braves this season with poor results as well, leaving with a 7.52 ERA and a 14/11 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings.

Cahill went into spring training as a candidate for a starting rotation spot with the Diamondbacks, but they traded him to the Braves before the start of the regular season.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.