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D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:06 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 7:52 pm
Trevor Cahill

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Lyle OverbayThe Diamondbacks didn't make much noise in Dallas, but the made two moves on Friday -- trading for right-hander Trevor Cahill and re-signing first baseman Lyle Overbay.

Cahill and lefty reliever Craig Breslow are headed to Arizona in return for right-handers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook, along with outfielder Collin Cowgill. Arizona also received cash considerations in the deal.

Cahill would bolster the Diamondbacks' rotation, joining Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson at the top of the rotation. Cahill, 23, is signed through 2015 with club options for 2016 and 2017. Cahill is owed $30 million over the next four season, earning $3.5 million this season after making just $500,000 last season.

Cahill was 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA last season after going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 2010. Breslow appeared in 67 games last season with a 3.79 ERA and has pitched in 202 games with a 3.14 ERA after being picked off from waivers by the A's from the Twins in 2009.

Jarrod ParkerParker, 23, was the Diamondbacks' first-round pick in the 2007 draft and made his big-league debut this past season, earning a no-decision in his lone start, but throwing 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run. He also made an appearance in the NLDS against the Brewers, allowing two hits and a run in 1/3 of an inning.

Cowgill, 25, hit .239/.300/.304 with a home run in 100 plate appearances last season. Cook was 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 12 appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2011. In his first year as a reliever, he appeared in 48 games at Double-A and Triple-A in addition to his big-league stint, earning a 2.21 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 61 innings.

"We feel very fortunate to add a young, talented started like Trevor to our rotation and an extremely durable and successful reliever like Craig to our bullpen," Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers said in a release by the team. "It's never easy to part with a prospect, but we feel like the surplus of talent that our scouting and player development staff has generated puts us in a position to build on what we accomplished this season and truly improve our team in 2012 and beyond."

Overbay finished 2011 with Arizona after being released by the Pirates in August. He hit .286/.388/.452 with a home run in 18 games for Arizona after hitting .227/.300/.349 for the Pirates in 391 playte appearances. Overbay started his career in Arizona, playing part of three seasons there before being traded to Milwaukee in the deal that brought Richie Sexson to Arizona.

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Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:30 am

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

Richie Sexson...there's a blast from the past!

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:40 pm

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

Very nice move by the 'backs GM.  Cahill is a young pitcher with decent stuff and adds to an underrated rotation.  Our GM should take notes, his idea of wheeling and dealing is getting out the checkbook.  Nice to see a young team getting better.  With a good lineup and three good front line pitchers this team should challenge in the West for years.  Good weather and good baseball nice combination out in the desert.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:25 pm

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

I like the Cahill move as he's got to be better than Joe "I'm good for 6 runs" Saunders! Adios to Collin Cowgill too as that guy couldn't hit a baseball into the ocean even if he was standing on the beach! And we got cash?

How about Kevin Towers? How's he doin' for us? Give that guy a raise! 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:33 pm

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

Good thing that jackass Beane has his movie b\c his real life GM moves are terrible.  Giving away an affordable & talented Cahill for little is poor. How`s that Ben Sheets deal workin out Beane brain? Oh that`s right your just payin him to watch. Time to get out of Oakland and prove you can do so mething with a team thing IF you had an organization that would spend. That`s a good add for the D`Bags as Cahill will be a solid starter in the NL West. One team on it`s way up & the A`s get another F on this one. 

Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:47 pm

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

Bad deal for Oakland...stupid to trade a guy who is a seasoned 23 with a below-average starting pitcher's contract.

Rosecrans:  if you have a grammar mistake in your first sentence, it defeats your whole credibility.  Hire an intern to check your work if you don't know how. 

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:21 pm

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

This is not a great deal for Oakland, simply okay. Parker has great potential but is already an injury risk. As we saw last season, Cahill isn't as good as his 2010 form. While Arizona isn't short on prospect arms, they probably could have gotten more. Cahill is not an Ace, and when Bradley and Bauer are ready to step in, Cahill will be nothing more than a back of the rotation filler. Bradley and Bauer are the only two reasons this deal went down. At least Breslow is a decent lefty option out of the pen. Parker could be a top of the rotation starter and Cook could be the next closer in Oakland, and while Cowgill is nothing more than a fourth outfielder in my eyes, I'd have to give Oakland the edge here. By the way...Lyle Overbay is still terrible; a waste of money.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:52 pm

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

What's the matter with you guys? Cahill is not a Great trade, it's average or even below. Great is reserved for Great players not average.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:55 pm

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

Nice deal for the D-Backs, Cahill is a great pitcher, obviously they gave up quite a bit in Parker, but adding Cahill to Kennedy, and Hudson gives them a nice young core that will compete amongst each other, which is always good.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:51 am

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

also that should signal the end of joe saunders time as a dback

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:51 am

D-Backs trade for Cahill, re-sign Overbay

what a trade for arizona, hes there until 2015! that rotation is deep and scary.

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