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Trevor Cahill set to sign extension with A's

Posted on: April 9, 2011 6:19 pm
 

By Evan Brunell

CahillAccording to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Athletics have reached agreement with starting pitcher Trevor Cahill on a multiyear agreement, pending results of a physical.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, however, brings news from Cahill himself that the physical hasn't come back yet and he wasn't aware of any deal being officially consummated. However, it's clear that there will eventually be a deal.

"We've been working on it since the middle of last year," Cahill said of the long-term extension that he will receive that figures to buy out at least all three years of arbitration, of which he is set to hit after the season.

Cahill caught the attention of many in his sophomore year last season when he went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA which was on the strength of reducing his walk rate per nine innings from 3.6 the year prior to 2.9 while slightly bumping his strikeout rate from 4.5 to 5.4. While he also benefited from an incredibly low BABIP, it seems clear that he's deserving of being considered a No. 3 or even No. 2 starter. 

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Comments

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:24 am
 

Trevor Cahill set to sign extension with A's

Those so called experts must not have ever seen this guy pitch. All you have to do is watch one game to realize he is a top-notch up and coming star. As long as he's pitching in Oakland with our coaching staff and more importantly, our ballpark, he's going to put up big time stats and more or less dominate hitters.



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:09 am
 

Trevor Cahill set to sign extension with A's

Smart move.  With Cahill, Anderson and Gonzalez, the A's have a dominant starting staff.  The Phillies may have bigger names, but the A's young guns are going to put up stats that are nearly as good this year and they come at about 1/10th the price.  These 3 guys are going to be better than Hudson, Zito and Mulder were during all those A's playoffs teams from 1999 to 2006.

So called-experts are down on Cahill becaue they say he was "lucky" last year with a league-leading .236 BABIP, but with the movement on every one of his pitches and that heavy sinker, combined with the A's sterling infield defense, you would expect hitters to not square him up as much and hit a lot of grounders.  I don't think he's lucky as much as he is good and fortunate to be on a team and in a pitchers park that suits him well.  Those factors aren't going to change.  Also, his changeup is money this year and he's striking out a lot of guys.  He might even be BETTER this year than last year.  Wonder what the experts would say then?


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