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Cahill signs contract extension with A's

Posted on: April 11, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2011 7:24 pm
By Matt Snyder

Trevor Cahill has signed a contract extension that could keep him in Oakland until he's 30. (Susan Slusser via Twitter ) The details are that he's inked a five-year contract extension that contains two club options. His five-year extension is worth a reported $30.5 million. If he's a top-line starter by the conclusion of that deal, the big bucks could really kick in. The first year club option is worth a reported $13 million with the next one being worth $13.5 million. All told, the contract could potentially be worth $56 million over seven years.

"It feels good. I came up with them and I'm just glad they gave me the opportunity to lock me up and I'm guaranteed to pitch for a while, so I couldn't be happier," Cahill said in Chicago before the A's played the White Sox.

The deal eats up the remainder of Cahill's arbitration years, as he wasn't set to be a free agent until after the 2014 season. Now, as long as they still want him, he's under the Athletics' control through the 2017 season.

Cahill, 23, is coming off a season where he earned his first trip to the All-Star Game and received some Cy Young consideration (he finished ninth in the voting). He was 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 196 2/3 innings. This came after he began the season in the minors.

"I was joking with (GM Billy Beane) if they would've signed me if they were sending me down to (Triple-A Sacramento), I would've signed for almost anything," Cahill said. "But just having patience and having confidence that I can go out there and I can turn my career around without having a great first year, I think that definitely paid off."

He's picked up where he left off, as he's sitting 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in his two starts this season. An interesting change to watch is his strikeout rate. He only punched out 118 hitters last season, giving him 5.4 K/9. In the really small sample that we've seen in 2011, he's struck out 15 hitters in 12 2/3 innings (10.7 K/9). He did have a 9.9 rate in the minors, so it's entirely possible he's adding that to his major-league repertoire. If that is the case, watch out, American League.

"I think it's great for everyone involved," manager Bob Geren said. "We are obviously very happy with him and his performance. I'm sure he is thrilled to death to get a deal on his end. Everybody is happy around here. He is a guy that works, that takes care of himself, he's a good person off the field and look forward to having him for a long time."

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Category: MLB

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2011 4:27 pm

Cahill signs contract extension with A's

Good move by the A's - Cahill is the real deal...

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: April 12, 2011 8:34 am

Cahill signs contract extension with A's

Please tell me the Josh Willingham reference was meant as a joke.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 8:47 pm

Cahill signs contract extension with A's

This is great news. Now let's lock in Josh Willingham. 

Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: April 11, 2011 5:15 pm

Cahill signs contract extension with A's

Some nice news. Stay healthy.

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