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Trevor Cahill

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Trevor John Cahill

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Biographical Information[edit]

Trevor Cahill was drafted by the Oakland A's in the 2nd round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Craig Weissmann and made his pro debut that summer.

Cahill had a 2.25 ERA in the 2008 Olympics to help the USA win Bronze. He got two tough calls, facing the Cuban national team and Japanese national team. He held Cuba to 2 runs in 5 and led to the runs with his wild pitching (2 walks, hit batsmen, wild pitch) in the first; against Japan, he threw 3 shutout innings. He got no decisions in the competition.

He made his major league debut on April 7, 2009 as the Oakland Athletics' starter against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, giving up 3 runs in 5 innings of work. In spite of his youth, he ended up leading the Athletics in starts and innings pitched, going 10-13, 4.63 in 32 starts and 178 2/3 innings. Still, he failed to make the A's starting rotation out of spring training in 2010, but was called up quickly after injuries beset the team and he ended up being the A's sole representative at the 2010 All-Star Game. He had an even better season than his rookie year, going 18-8 in 30 starts, with a 2.97 ERA and only 155 hits allowed in 196 2/3 innings.

In 2011, Cahill made 34 starts, tied for most in the American League and pitched over 200 innings for the first time. His ERA went up by more than a run, to 4.16, and his record fell to 12-14. He did strike out 147 batters, a career-best. On December 9, he was sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with reliever Craig Breslow, in return for Jarrod Parker, Collin Cowgill and Ryan Cook. He had a good first season for Arizona in 2012, pitching 200 innings with a 3.78 ERA and a record of 13-12; he struck out 156 against 74 walks. In 2013, however, he fell to 8-10, 3.99 and was limited to 26 games and 146 2/3 innings. He then struggled very badly at the start of the 2014 season, quickly losing his spot in the starting rotation. He was 1-6, 5.66 after 19 games when he was designated for assignment by the D-Backs on June 9th. They then decided to send him to the Class A Visalia Oaks to try to work out his problems, as they would have had to swallow some $17 million remaining on his contract had he been released outright, but he was hit hard in his first game there on June 12th, surrendering four runs on two hits - a double and three-run homer - two walks and two hit batsmen in only two innings. he came back to the majors on July 18th and stayed with the D-Backs for the rest of the year, but things did not improve much as he ended the season at 3-12, 5.61 in 32 games, including 17 starts.

On April 2, 2015, the Diamondbacks traded Trevor to the Atlanta Braves in return for minor league outfielder Josh Elander, in a move designed to open up a spot in the starting rotation for top prospect Archie Bradley. His first start for the Braves came on April 14th, but it was a bust as he did not make it out of the 3rd inning in an 8-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. he made 15 appearances for the Braves, including 3 starts, going 0-3, 7.52, leading to his being released on June 19th. However things turned out better than anyone could have imagined, as he signed with the Chicago Cubs two months later and pitched very well down the stretch. In 11 games in relief, he went 1-0, 2.12, with 22 strikeouts in 17 innings. He was added to the team's postseason roster and was credited with the win in Game 4 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals on October 13th. With the Cubs leading 4-2 in the top of the th, he replaced Travis Wood, who had just given up a lead-off single to Jason Heyward; he allowed another single, to Jhonny Peralta, then struck out Randal Grichuk and Kolten Wong in succession, but a double by Tony Cruz and a single by Brandon Moss led to two runs, although Cruz was out at home trying to score the go-ahead run. He was charged with a blown save, but when Anthony Rizzo homered ion the bottom of the inning, he was gifted a win as well. he had made two scoreless appearances earlier in the series, and tacked on three more outings in the NLCS against the New York Mets, giving up a run in 2 2/3 innings as the Cubs were swept in four games.

Trevor also spent 2016 with the Cubs, pitching 50 times, including 1 start. He was 4-4, 2.74 in 65 2/3 innings. He also made 6 starts in AAA for the Iowa Cubs, going 0-3, 4.58. He was left off the postseason roster as the Cubs ended a 108-year World Series drought. Before the 2017 season, he signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres, where he was used as a starter. In 11 starts, he was 3-3, 3.69 with 72 strikeouts in 61 innings when on July 24th, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals along with Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer in return for Matt Strahm, former Cubs teammate Travis Wood, and prospect Esteury Ruiz. He had no record in 10 games for K.C., ending the season at 4-3, 4.93. In 2018, he returned to his original team, the A's, where he was part of a surprisingly effective starting rotation made out of retreads, with Edwin Jackson, Brett Anderson and Mike Fiers all taking regular turns as starters besides stalwart Sean Manaea, in addition to him. What looked like a potential disaster on paper actually worked, as Oakland won 97 games, even if none of the starters except for Manea put up particularly big numbers. In Cahill's case, he made 20 starts in 21 appearances, pitched 110 innings and finished at 7-4, 3.76. The A's made it to the Wild Card Game, but decided to go with a pitching staff composed entirely of relievers for that game, so Cahill was left off the roster.

Cahill became a free agent again after the 2018 season and parlayed his success with the A's into a nice payday, signing with the Los Angeles Angels for one year and $9 million.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (2010)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2010)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (2011 & 2012)
  • Won a World Series with the Chicago Cubs in 2016 (he did not play in the World Series)

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