Trevor Cahill went from nearly washing out of the big leagues to pitching in the playoffs for the Cubs this season and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the two sides have agreed to a one-year $4.25 million deal that keeps the free agent right-hander in Chicago.
Cahill had success as a starter early in his career for the A’s and Diamondbacks, but a brutal 2014 got him traded to the Braves and a rough first half this past season got him released. He latched on with the Cubs, shifted to the bullpen full time, and tossed 17 innings with a 2.12 ERA and 22/5 K/BB ratio down the stretch.
That’s a very small sample size for a 28-year-old with more than 1,000 innings in the majors, but Cahill’s velocity and raw stuff played up quite a bit working as a reliever and he’s always done a good job limiting home runs. He’ll likely begin 2016 in a middle relief role for the Cubs, but might get a chance to start.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.