D’Backs Acquire Cahill, Breslow From A’s

SATURDAY: Slusser reports that the cash considerations going to the Diamondbacks will be "a couple of hundred thousand dollars."

FRIDAY: As was rumored earlier today, the Diamondbacks have acquired pitchers Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow from the Athletics for minor leaguers Jarrod ParkerCollin Cowgill and Ryan Cook, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter links) and Steve Gilbert of MLB.com (Twitter). The Diamondbacks will also receive cash from Oakland, tweets Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

The centerpiece of the trade for Arizona is Cahill, a right-handed starter who has logged more than 175 innings in each of his three seasons as a Major Leaguer. The groundballer (53.3% career rate) is under team control at least through 2015 and perhaps through 2017, depending on two club options. He'll join Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson at the top of the D'Backs' rotation, with Josh Collmenter and perhaps (or not) Joe Saunders at the back end.

On a conference call with reporters on Friday night, D'Backs GM Kevin Towers said the timing was right to make a move of this nature:

“A lot of it is just the depth that we have in the system. Certainly, Jarrod Parker was a tough piece to give up, but with Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs and Charles Brewer, we feel we’ve got depth in the starting rotation – also, Wade Miley. We see a window here, specifically in the NL West. We’re kind of in a go-for-it mode.”

Clearly, Cahill will be counted on as one of the mainstays of the D'Backs' rotation, but it wasn't long ago he seemed destined to remain in Oakland after inking a multiyear extension in April:

"I defintely thought I’d be with them a bit longer. But their history is, they usually keep guys when they don’t make too much, then trade them off for prospects. I thought I’d be there longer, but I'm glad to be part of a team that’s headed in the right direction."

Breslow, a lefty reliever, kicked around earlier in his career before latching on with the A's the past three seasons. He's posted a career 3.80 FIP, and with no significant lefty/righty splits, Towers said Breslow will likely be used as a swing lefty out of Kirk Gibson's bullpen in 2012. He is eligible for free agency after 2013.

In Parker, Cowgill and Cook, the A's get three prospects who all have far less than a full season of service time. Of them, Parker, a right-handed starter, is regarded by scouts as having the highest ceiling. Now 24, Parker pitched mostly in the minors in 2011 after missing all of 2010 due to Tommy John surgery. He was ranked No. 19 in Keith Law's top 50 minor league prospects in July.

Cowgill is a 25-year-old outfielder who made his Major League debut in 2011 after posting a .383 career on-base percentage in parts of four minor league seasons. Cook was a starter in the minors before being converted to relief work in 2011. He has a "strong arm, chance for a good slider," tweets Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.

John Gambadoro of Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix first tweeted the rumored trade, and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Piecoro, Slusser and Gilbert all filled in with details.


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251 Comments on "D’Backs Acquire Cahill, Breslow From A’s"


Alex Mack
3 years 8 months ago

I’ll give this one to oakland when parker wins the CY someday.  but until then, dbacks improve.

Steven Resnick
3 years 8 months ago

Diamondbacks get a capable lefty in the pen and yet Cahill was overvalued (overrated) by the A’s. 2/3 seasons he could not find the strikezone 154 walks in those two seasons alone, Diamondbacks clearly lost on this one as Parker has much better potential than Cahill. 

3 years 8 months ago

Why doesn’t anyone seem to understand that when trading with prospects, a higher value always has to be given up?  The team giving up the prospects are paying for production now, and all prospect development is at least a little bit of a crapshoot.  That being said, I think you are undervaluing Cahill and overvaluing Parker.

cubs223425
3 years 8 months ago

I agree, but I also think they wanted someone to pitch NOW, as they have 2 better SP prospects to pair with Kennedy and Hudson long-term in Bauer and Skaggs. This gives them possibly the best 5-man long-term in the NL, if not all of baseball.

Most teams would LOVE to call Trevor Cahill the worst pitcher in their long-term rotation.

3 years 8 months ago

You write as if a 23 year old is master of his craft. Calm down, Cahill will be very good for AZ.

Joe Valenti
3 years 8 months ago

the way i see it. they are the same age and cahill is currently the better pitcher. why, because cahill is a major leaguer, does he have to have hit his ceiling while parker still has potential just because he is a prospect?

3 years 8 months ago

You’re overrating Parker. The guy has had 1 MLB start. Cahill has a good track record in the majors, and is only 24.

3 years 8 months ago

You’re overrating Parker. The guy has had 1 MLB start. Cahill has a good track record in the majors, and is only 24.

renegadeisback
3 years 8 months ago

That’s a pretty light package and I’m not even a Cahill fan.

3 years 8 months ago

Agreed, from an A’s fan perspective this deal is meh. Cahill will probably win the Cy Young next year, sigh.

3 years 8 months ago

Sorry, but this deal is worse than meh. Pretty disturbing that Beane has gotten this bad. I still haven’t watched Moneyball yet, and likely never will. (Although the book was great)

3 years 8 months ago

Sorry, but this deal is worse than meh. Pretty disturbing that Beane has gotten this bad. I still haven’t watched Moneyball yet, and likely never will. (Although the book was great)

3 years 8 months ago

I cannot believe the A’s sent money to AZ in this deal. Really bad move by the A’s here. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Is it me or are almost every trade scenario mentioned on mlbtr end up being EXTREMELY mediocre?

Haha…I mean A’s fans were demanding Montero + Betances + more.

PS to Cashman: We couldn’t beat this deal without giving up either Montero or Banuelos?

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

works pretty well for both sides. i like parker’s potential better than cahill’s, but the diamondbacks have two elite SP prospects behind him and are already contenders. cahill provides cost certainty for 4-6 years, upside, and plenty of groundballs in a homer-friendly ballpark

Sniderlover
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks for summing up my thoughts!

Bluejaysnation
3 years 8 months ago

Me too!! Saves me time typing.

3 years 8 months ago

parker’s easily the best prospect in oakland’s system

BrandonDbacks
3 years 8 months ago

Dbacks get better now. AND they still have Skaggs and bauer in the system.
Kennedy-Hudson-Cahill for years to come sounds good.

3 years 8 months ago

Haven’t you been so against this trade on the other thread?? 

BrandonDbacks
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah I changed my mind. haha

Marvin Marshall
3 years 8 months ago

I was okay with the trade when it was Parker/Cowgill/Miley. Now I absolutely love it with -Miley &  + cook.

Bombercules
3 years 8 months ago

I changed my mind too, mostly because I saw they were planning on getting rid of Saunders.

3 years 8 months ago

“Another player”…if its Bauer A’s fans needn’t bother with Dec 25.

TheWoodyD
3 years 8 months ago

It’s Ryan Cook. :(

3 years 8 months ago

That means Bailey’s time in Oakland is done.  

Its not as good as I’d hoped, I’d have hung onto to Cahill for another year but its not a terrible haul.

Steven Resnick
3 years 8 months ago

Means nothing and even if the A’s trade Bailey, it better be for a position player that can actually hit. 

OaklandFan22
3 years 8 months ago

wow unbelievable A’s what is this?

HummBaby
3 years 8 months ago

It’s Billy Beane raising a middle finger to the Giants.

corey23
3 years 8 months ago

I’m hoping it means a new f’n stadium.  Oakland or SJ i dont even care anymore. 

3 years 8 months ago

Haha. Did Beane give them a small “Screw over the Giants” discount?

3 years 8 months ago

Haha. Did Beane give them a small “Screw over the Giants” discount?

Mr_Anderson1017
3 years 8 months ago

Not Ryan Cook!

3 years 8 months ago

Oh man, its Cook….its bye bye Andrew Bailey then.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Man if the A’s are on there Cali kush right now Angels should jump on board and offer them Brad Mills for Bailey so the pen can get stronger

cookmeister
3 years 8 months ago

that would have to be some deadly kush

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Very

Yankees420
3 years 8 months ago

Well, you know they have it up in Oakland.

qudjy1
3 years 8 months ago

I cant say i love it as a Dback fan.   I guess i overvalue prospects..  sigh..   I like Parker.

3 years 8 months ago

I cant say i love it as a A’s fan.   I guess i dont overvalue prospects..  sigh..   I like Cahill.

qudjy1
3 years 8 months ago

hehe – what does it mean if neither team’s fans like the deal?   Fair deal??  haha.

vinniemiller
3 years 8 months ago

Kinda light package for Cahill alone, not to mention also throwing in Breslow

3 years 8 months ago

I really don’t think this is a great deal, if Bauer got added then yes but now its kind of meh without him.

3 years 8 months ago

Isn’t Parker a top 25 prospect?

3 years 8 months ago

Maybe, after TJ who knows? Cahill was BA’s #11 best prospect in 08 then A’s rushed him to the bigs in 09 after a mere 6 games at AA, but now people here say he sucks and lacks a high ceiling because of that, so….meh.

3 years 8 months ago

Maybe, after TJ who knows? Cahill was BA’s #11 best prospect in 08 then A’s rushed him to the bigs in 09 after a mere 6 games at AA, but now people here say he sucks and lacks a high ceiling because of that, so….meh.

3 years 8 months ago

Can Cowgill play CF? How is he defensively?

3 years 8 months ago

He will very most likely be the A’s CF until Grant Green is ready.

3 years 8 months ago

I guess that’s good.  Geez, by ST we’ll have a dozen minor leaguers vying for the 4 OF spots.

qudjy1
3 years 8 months ago

Pretty darn good on defense.   I think he will be an ok offensive player as well.   He is just a guy.   I wouldnt expect too much, although i dont think he is as bad an offensive player as he showed in AZ. (Inconsistent playing time a factor??)

3 years 8 months ago

I think he’s a little more than “just a guy”, Cook would take that honor in this deal, Beane’s been after Cowgill since he drafted him and he’s been trying to trade for him ever since. Beane’s targets sometimes pan out, sometimes they don’t.

qudjy1
3 years 8 months ago

We watched him get worked over pretty good last year…   I know it wasnt consistent ABs at all, but there were some ugly moments…   I will root for him, because i like how he plays, but im pretty certain he is just a guy.

Marvin Marshall
3 years 8 months ago

Cowgill is not “just a guy”. He was stuck as the 4th OF with inconsistent ABs in a Dbacks uniform. 

Marvin Marshall
3 years 8 months ago

Cowgill is not “just a guy”. He was stuck as the 4th OF with inconsistent ABs in a Dbacks uniform. 

3 years 8 months ago

I’d be with you on that if Beane hadn’t tried to get him multiple times. I still trust his judgement on younger players. 

I also think he had no future in that OF and was treated as such, I always say if players don’t get at least 3 months of everyday playing time, after being everyday players in the minors, it often screws with their psyche.

3 years 8 months ago

I’d be with you on that if Beane hadn’t tried to get him multiple times. I still trust his judgement on younger players. 

I also think he had no future in that OF and was treated as such, I always say if players don’t get at least 3 months of everyday playing time, after being everyday players in the minors, it often screws with their psyche.

James Attwood
3 years 8 months ago

Cowgill starts in most OFs

qudjy1
3 years 8 months ago

Nah.   Probably not.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Probably not, but I saw him plenty when he played in Reno and he’s a very good defender with a good batting eye. Stats were horribly inflated by the environment, but he could still be an average starting OF.

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

Thought you said Cowgirl at first….maybe I need glasses

3 years 8 months ago

Cool.  Think I like this deal for both teams.  D’backs get a pretty good groundball (super important) SP and a serviceable lefty reliever.  A’s get super pitching prospect, a meh OF prospect, and relief prospect which is usually kind of a crapshoot.

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

woop woop

3 years 8 months ago

the i think the dbacks paid to much for breslow, but the A´S lost whit ryan cook, he´s realy, realy   bad pitcher

qudjy1
3 years 8 months ago

Cook is NASTY when he is throwing strikes.   

3 years 8 months ago

I hope so, he’s probably going to be the A’s closer next year.

FamousGrouse
3 years 8 months ago

I think De Los Santos will be the A’s closer.

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

or balfour, if they keep him this offseason. 

3 years 8 months ago

I think its a battle between those two and maybe Devine if he’s still around, that will be won in ST.

3 years 8 months ago

I think its a battle between those two and maybe Devine if he’s still around, that will be won in ST.

FamousGrouse
3 years 8 months ago

I think De Los Santos will be the A’s closer.

Marvin Marshall
3 years 8 months ago

The closer for the A’s AAA team.

3 years 8 months ago

I hope so, he’s probably going to be the A’s closer next year.

James Attwood
3 years 8 months ago

Cook got absolutely lit up the two very short stints he was witht he bigs this last year. That being said, until then he absolutely dominated and will probably be just fine on a team that has the time to let him grow a bit. The Dbacks paid out just about right most likely. Parker will be solid for the A’s and be even friendlier contract-wise than Cahill. A starting OFer (likely CF) in Cowgill makes it a pretty decent haul both directions.

Breslow has a decent gb% so I can get on board with him. We needed another lefty, but he’s a soft-tosser in a hitter’s park. Ugh.

James Attwood
3 years 8 months ago

Cook got absolutely lit up the two very short stints he was witht he bigs this last year. That being said, until then he absolutely dominated and will probably be just fine on a team that has the time to let him grow a bit. The Dbacks paid out just about right most likely. Parker will be solid for the A’s and be even friendlier contract-wise than Cahill. A starting OFer (likely CF) in Cowgill makes it a pretty decent haul both directions.

Breslow has a decent gb% so I can get on board with him. We needed another lefty, but he’s a soft-tosser in a hitter’s park. Ugh.

Satoshi9227
3 years 8 months ago

Excellent deal for the A’s. Cahill is extremely ovverated. He’s a #3 pitcher at best. No K’s, too many BB’s, a lot of HR. Even his ERA is mediocre aside from 2010. Parker has ace upside. The other two aren’t great but still, very good job Beane.

3 years 8 months ago

So what Ive gathered from posts like this is: if you are rushed to the majors when you should be at AAA all year, no matter what happens good or bad, people will use that against you. 

Stop saying a 23 year old who actually starts 30+ games a year is overrated. Cahill will be great in AZ. Groundball pitcher, filthy sinker, only 23 years old and still learning at the big league level but will be dominant for long periods of time. As an A’s fan, we’ve heard this Parker story before, only the name was Dan Meyer last time.

qudjy1
3 years 8 months ago

I hope the league switch helps him as well – away from the DH.   Park change will NOT help him, but his GB tendencies may make park less a factor than other pitchers coming to AZ.

3 years 8 months ago

AZ’s got an OF made of gold glovers and solid defense all around the diamond, good chance Cahill’s ERA drops under 3.00 next year.

thegrayrace
3 years 8 months ago

Possible if only because he’ll be facing the offenses of the Dodgers, Giants and Padres around a dozen times…

qudjy1
3 years 8 months ago

I hope the league switch helps him as well – away from the DH.   Park change will NOT help him, but his GB tendencies may make park less a factor than other pitchers coming to AZ.

3 years 8 months ago

So what Ive gathered from posts like this is: if you are rushed to the majors when you should be at AAA all year, no matter what happens good or bad, people will use that against you. 

Stop saying a 23 year old who actually starts 30+ games a year is overrated. Cahill will be great in AZ. Groundball pitcher, filthy sinker, only 23 years old and still learning at the big league level but will be dominant for long periods of time. As an A’s fan, we’ve heard this Parker story before, only the name was Dan Meyer last time.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

At age 23, Cahill has time to develop into a true #2.

I really don’t get Beane though. Cahill was signed to a team friendly deal and could’ve been kept for a modest 3/$16.7 mil. He had 3 full seasons before he had to worry about him being expensive. At what point do you attempt to compete?

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

he’s been open about waiting for the new ballpark for quite awhile

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

A true #2 that pitches in the 80s? Meh….not sure there.

Ferrariman
3 years 8 months ago

does that really matter that much?  What sinkerballers do you know that throw mid 90s…hell even low 90s.  Brandon Webb won a Cy Young throwing 80s sinkers.

Yankees420
3 years 8 months ago

I was thinking the exact same thing.  Webb was an ace and never averaged a fastball velocity over 89, it’s sad he’s fallen so far due to injuries.

Steven Resnick
3 years 8 months ago

Landing Cowgill means Sweeney is out of the lineup, hallelujah! 

OaklandFan22
3 years 8 months ago

How do u not want sweeney in the lineup he is way better then cowgill!

OaklandFan22
3 years 8 months ago

How do u not want sweeney in the lineup he is way better then cowgill!

3 years 8 months ago

Not sure how Cahill is viewed as any better than Jarrod Parker, but good for the A’s to get him.

slasher016
3 years 8 months ago

A’s get a close or ready for majors closer, a pitching prospect with good upside, and a decent piece in the outfielder for Cahill, who has pitched like an ace at times.   I think it’s a pretty fair deal.

3 years 8 months ago

cook’s control is lacking.

3 years 8 months ago

cook’s control is lacking.

3 years 8 months ago

Youre probably the most right. No team got hosed here, but both sides feel underwhelmed. 

James Attwood
3 years 8 months ago

I feel underwhelmed, but I think only because of all the previously bandied about names that eventually became Cook.

A lot of people seem to think Parker is a big question mark and underrate Cowgill.

Parker has more upside than Cahill but needs to play up to it. He’ll still make the rotation though. And Cowgill is a solid big league OFer. Cowgill for Breslow and Cook/Parker for Cahill seems just about right. If Parker and Cook both play up to potential, the A’s are sitting nice. If they both play to something a bit under, then I think the Dbacks are probably the winners here.

Solid trade though.

3 years 8 months ago

I agree Breslow/Cowgill is a good trade, but Parker/Cook for Cahill is a terrible trade for the A’s. AZ needed to add a piece here for me to like this deal for Oakland. 

oaktownmagic
3 years 8 months ago

I think both sides feel underwhelmed because as baseball fans we are all hoping for the Haren trade every time.  Its like winning a car on the price is right and the curtain opens to be a  Ford Fiesta and you saw corvettes handed out on previous shows.  Still nice but you want more.

People have a propensity to value something they have at a higher value than they would actually pay for the very same item.

3 years 8 months ago

Youre probably the most right. No team got hosed here, but both sides feel underwhelmed. 

3 years 8 months ago

If any young pitcher replaces Bailey, its De Los Santos.

Satoshi9227
3 years 8 months ago

Cahill has never pitched like an ace UNLESS you only look at ERA. His peripherals have been bad in ever year he has pitched.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

he’s never been advertised as an ace. few even think of him as having ace potential anymore. he’s going to be a #3 this year in AZ and his upside is a good #2 with a team-friendly contract

gotta give up talent to get it. dbacks fans can take solace in bauer and skaggs — two guys most organizations would kill to have even one of — while watching their big league club make the playoffs again in 2012

3 years 8 months ago

These AZ fans are being mighty greedy, huh? Imagine if you were an A’s fan right now—-no wait, take that noose off from around your neck!

3 years 8 months ago

These AZ fans are being mighty greedy, huh? Imagine if you were an A’s fan right now—-no wait, take that noose off from around your neck!

$14878247
3 years 8 months ago

Exactly this considering the park he plays in too.

He does not strike out a lot of guys at all and he walks way too many to be that kind of pitcher.

Both him and Gio are way overrated. Gio will get mashed if he plays in the AL east, just look at that terrible BB rate. None of these guys have done anything special, I don’t understand why Beane is asking so much for them.

thegrayrace
3 years 8 months ago

“I don’t understand why Beane is asking so much for them.”

… because he might get what he’s asking?

baycommuter
3 years 8 months ago

They’re different situations. Cahill’s sinker isn’t totally reliable and may get mashed, but Gio has a wonderful fastball-curve combination and won’t. Gio’s issue is whether he can reduce his walks.

$14878247
3 years 8 months ago

Exactly this considering the park he plays in too.

He does not strike out a lot of guys at all and he walks way too many to be that kind of pitcher.

Both him and Gio are way overrated. Gio will get mashed if he plays in the AL east, just look at that terrible BB rate. None of these guys have done anything special, I don’t understand why Beane is asking so much for them.