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

Cahill signs contract extension with A's

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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Posted on: April 9, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Trevor Cahill set to sign extension with A's

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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Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:15 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:36 am
 

3 up, 3 down for 4/7: In Trevor they trust

By Matt Snyder

3UP

Trevor Cahill, A's. Oakland started 1-4 and was quickly digging itself a nice little hole behind the surging Rangers, so a win was rather important here -- not paramount being game No. 6 and all, but you hate to fall too far behind early, y'know? The ace of the talented staff came through by cruising against the strong Blue Jays' offense -- albeit one missing Jose Bautista. Cahill was efficient enough to get through eight innings on 105 pitches, striking out seven and walking zero. He only let three guys on base and one runner to cross the plate. Fortunately for him, it wasn't wasted as the A's pieced together two runs in the eighth and held on for a 2-1 victory.

Edwin Jackson, White Sox. Granted he was facing the most anemic offense of the early-going, but Jackson still struck out 13 hitters and found a way to last eight innings in doing so. That's a feat in how effective he was in helping the White Sox move to 4-2. He's now 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA after two starts.

Esmil Rogers, Rockies. It was supposed to be Ubaldo Jimenez's turn in the rotation, so Rogers figured he'd just do his best imitation. He worked 7 1/3 innings, giving up just four hits, one earned run and one walk against seven strikeouts. Most impressive was that from the second inning until the last batter he faced -- Ronny Cedeno, who singled with one out in the eighth -- Rogers allowed just one baserunner. That's right, he retired 19 of 20 batters during that span. That is straight dealing .

3 DOWN

Darnell McDonald, Red Sox. C'mon, really? You get inserted as a pinch-runner and make a baserunning gaffe to end the game? Not only that, it was completely unforgivable. A ball off J.D. Drew's bat caromed off pitcher Chris Perez and squirted toward third base. For some reason, McDonald seemed to think he could make it to third after Adam Everett picked up the ball. McDonald then threw on the brakes and tried to get back to second but was nailed to end the game. There were two outs, so a runner with McDonald's speed would easily score on a single from second and has no business taking a risk to get to third. If there was one out and he wanted a sacrifice fly in play it would be at least somewhat understandable. With two outs, though, that was an unnecessary risk. One you could argue only happened because the team hasn't won yet (meaning a feeling of desperation caused the mental meltdown).

Pedro Alvarez, Pirates. He was 0-4 with two strikeouts and an error. That's now 10 strikeouts in 30 at-bats with no walks. His OBP is down to .200. What should be Alvarez's biggest redeeming quality isn't yet showing through, either, as he has zero home runs and only one extra-base hit. He's only 24, though, and it's only seven games. Just a rough start.

Jonathon Niese, Mets. I love the seven strikeouts in four innings. The eight hits and six runs against a Phillies' lineup missing Chase Utley? Not so much. This was coming off a disastrous outing by Mike Pelfrey, too, meaning the bullpen had to throw 10 innings in the past two games. A long outing by R.A. Dickey Friday against the Nats would help ease the burden there.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:44 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:49 am
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/30: Opening day matchups

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3UP

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw vs. Tim Lincecum -- Opening day at Dodger Stadium, against the Giants and with the Giants coming off a World Series title, this game has enough going for it to start with, add in two of the best young pitchers in the game and it's an embarrassment of riches. (Thursday, 8 p.m. EST at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles)

CC Sabathia vs. Justin Verlander -- There'll be no shortage of heat at Yankee Stadium tomorrow. Sabathia is starting his third straight opening day for the Yankees, while Verlander's strong spring give hope to avoiding another rough April. Not only do you have two of the best pitchers in the game going head-to-head, they're both facing formidable lineups. (Thursday, 1:05 p.m. EST at Yankee Stadium, New York)

Felix Hernandez vs. Trevor Cahill -- Hernandez won his first Cy Young Award last season, while Cahill is at the top of what is probably the American League's best rotation. We all know Hernandez's resume, but Cahill had an impressive 2010 as well, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA. (Friday, 10:05 p.m. EST at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.)

3DOWN

Ryan Dempster vs. Kevin Correia -- Correia goes from being another guy in a very good rotation in San Diego a year ago to the top of the Pirates' rotation. Dempster has started two opening days before, both in Florida, but is hardly a marquee name for one of the game's marquee franchises. (Friday, 2:20 p.m. EST at Wrigley Field in Chicago)

Derek Lowe vs. Livan Hernandez -- Lowe's starting his third straight opening day for the Braves and Hernandez is making his fourth overall opening day start for the Nationals/Expos, but first since 2006. Both have had good careers, but there's little sizzle to this matchup.  (Thursday, 1:05 p.m. EST at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.)

Tim Stauffer vs. Chris Carpenter -- With all due respect to the 2005 Cy Young Award winner, this game is as much about who isn't pitching as who will toe the rubber. The expectation was that it would be Mat Latos against Adam Wainwright, this just doesn't have the same juice. (Thursday, 4:15 p.m. EST at Busch Stadium, St. Louis)

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Cahill to lead strong A's rotation

By Matt Snyder

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Fresh off an All-Star season as a 22 year old, Trevor Cahill has been named the Oakland A's opening day starter. The 6-foot-4 right-hander went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 196 2/3 innings. He was the logical choice to get the ball first, though that doesn't mean he's alone in being young and talented on that staff.

The A's led the AL in starting rotation ERA last season and should be even better this year.

Brett Anderson is also only 23 and looked dominant in several stretches last season. Injuries held him to only 19 starts, but he had a sparkling 2.80 ERA in 112 1/3 innings. Dallas Braden is 27, gets in fights with A-Rod and throws perfect games on Mother's Day. Gio Gonzalez has an awesome name and deals -- had a 3.23 ERA and 171 K last season to go with his 15-9 record.

That top four is going to be among the best in baseball, and it's criminally underrated when it comes to casual fans. Plus, there's variety in terms of power and off-speed, in addition to having two lefties and two righties. Now that the A's have some punch in the lineup, watch out.

In fact, we're revealing staff predictions next week, but I'll say it now: Oakland is winning the AL West this year.

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Posted on: March 19, 2011 8:21 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/19: Say goodbye to Oliver



By Matt Snyder


3 DOWN

Oliver Perez, Mets. The much-maligned lefty has been a huge talking point all spring for Mets fans and scribes alike. Will the Mets simply cut their losses and eat the remainder of his contract -- which is one year and $12 million? They are already eating $6 million after dismissing Luis Castillo. Saturday, Perez probably put the nail in his own proverbial coffin. He entered the game in the seventh inning and coughed up back-to-back jacks after inheriting two runners. Reports have the Mets cutting ties with him as early as Sunday.

Cole Hamels, Phillies. For the second-straight outing, Hamels was torched. He allowed seven hits, five earned runs and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. He did strike out five.

Jason Marquis, Nationals. Not to be outdone by his fellow NL East bretheren, Marquis served up nine hits, six earned runs and three walks in 3 2/3 innings to the Mets. Despite Perez's best efforts to let the Nats back in the game, Marquis still took the loss -- as if that really matters in the spring.

3 UP

Derrek Lee, Orioles. He took a walk and scored a run in two plate appearances. His other was a strikeout, but the main thing was the veteran first baseman played for the first time this spring and reported afterward he was pain-free.

Trevor Cahill, A's. He had struggled thus far in the spring, but not Saturday. Cahill worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing only four hits and one earned run. He struck out three.

Travis Wood, Reds. At the same time Johnny Cueto was leaving a game injured, Wood was making a strong case to make the Reds' rotation even if Cueto is completely healthy. He was straight dominant through four shutout innings, and finished with four hits, one earned run and four strikeouts in five innings. He did seem to tire a bit in the fifth, but we're still a few starts away from the regular season. He'll get there.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:53 am
 

Morning Pepper: Cabrera concern

Miguel Cabrera
Some things are more important than baseball. Miguel Cabrera's life is one of those things.

For the second time in his career, Cabrera's alcohol abuse has become a public issue. The first was at the end of a season, this time it's at the beginning.

Cabrera underwent counseling after the 2009 season and his incident with his wife at their home. He rebounded with the greatest season of his young career in 2010, but then came Wednesday's arrest for DUI in Florida.

Now is the time for the Tigers to worry about Cabrera, not the 2011 season. Cabrera needs professional help right now, and if he needs to miss all of spring training or even part of the regular season, so be it.

The team is apparently doing due diligence in Cabrera's fate, which is not only the right thing to do for the person, it's also the best thing to do as a business. Cabrera is 27 and has the prime years of his career ahead of him. He's also signed through 2015 (at $20 million or more per season from now throughout he end of the contract), so his problem is the Tigers' problem.

It's a sad tale, and hopefully has a happy ending. That ending doesn't necessarily have to do with baseball, but Cabrera's well-being and the rest of his life.

WORST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE?: Even thought he cliches about "best shape of his life" spring training stories have become cliche, but no need to wear that meme out with Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez "clearly looks bulkier," the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes . Clint Hurdle says he's just "big-boned."

MEET THE BENCH: Cubs manager Mike Quade said he'll consider pulling left fielder Alfonso Soriano late in games. (Chicago Tribune )

SAFETY FIRST: Carlos Santana will play some first base this spring, hoping to keep his bat in the lineup and give his legs a break from catching.

Santana said he played third and the outfield in the Dodgers system and expects the move to be relatively easy.

The Indians did the same thing with Victor Martinez before they traded him to Bosoton. (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

ROSTER MOVE: In one of the more striking roster moves of the season, the Orioles have placed Alfredo Simon on the restricted list to make room on their roster for Vladimir Guerrero, whose signing became official today.

Simon is in jail in the Dominican Republic as the prime suspect in a fatal shooting. (Baltimore Sun )

ARBITRATION DATE: Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is headed to an arbitration hearing today in Phoenix.

Pence will make either $6.9 million if he wins his case, $5.15 million if he loses it. I wouldn't mind losing like that.

OPENING A'S: Oakland manager Bob Geren won't make a decision about his opening-day starter until later in spring training. It's likely between Trevor Cahill, Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson. (San Francisco Chronicle )

LEAGUE LEADERS: The Mariners may not lead the league in much, but their bullpen could lead the league in tattoos.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times talks to relievers Brandon League and Justin Miller about their tattoos.

Baker also has a story about the ol' days when players had to have off-season jobs.

MUST READ: Sean Kirst of the Syracuse Post-Standard writes about Jacob Francis   the first African-American umpire. Francis umpired an exhibition game between the Syracuse Stars and the Proivdence Grays in 1885. He may have also been a neighbor of Moses Fleetwood Walker.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Feb. 18, 1944, the Reds signed 15-year old Joe Nuxhall to a major-league contract. Nuxhall was in uniform on opening day, but didn't appear in a game until June 10, 1944. Eight years later, he'd start his big-league career in earnest, pitching until 1966.

TODAY'S TIMEWASTER: Seamheads.com has this amazing ballpark database. Go there only if you don't have plans for the next hour.

BROWSER SWITCH?: I tried out Google's Chrome browser, but didn't have much luck with it, so I stuck with Firefox. However, the newest feature may get me to switch -- a personal blacklist can remove sites from Google search results .

BAD NEWS: Giordano's filed for bankruptcy .

GOOD NEWS: Radiohead's releasing the digital version of its new album a day early , so if, like me, you've already ordered it, you should get it today.

VAN LENNON: A Jump-Imagine mashup for your enjoyment.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 12:33 am
Edited on: September 11, 2010 1:53 am
 

Rough outing bumps Buchholz from ERA lead

Clay Buchholz Clay Buchholz may want to skip his starts in the Bay Area from now on.

The Red Sox's right-hander's two worst starts this season have come in Oakland and San Francisco. On June 26 in San Francisco, Buchholz left after one inning with a hamstring strain, requiring a stint on the disabled list.

Friday night, he didn't last much longer, pitching to four batters in the second without recording an out before he was pulled. In all, he was tagged for five runs on five hits, walking four.

His ERA went from a league-leading 2.25 to 2.53, crowning Felix Hernandez as the American League's latest  leader in the category with a cool 2.30. Third is Trevor Cahill, who was opposite Buchholz on Friday. Cahill started the game with a 2.72 ERA. Cahill threw seven scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.61 and allowing just three hits.

Buchholz threw 39 pitches, 17 strikes in the shortest non-injury start of his career.

UPDATE: Buchholz was asked after the game if he thought the outing hurt his Cy Young chances (it did), he told the Boston Herald 's Scott Lauber (via Twitter ): "I'm not worried about the whole Cy Young deal. I'm worried about this team winning games."

The American League Cy Young looks like it'll come down to Felix Hernandez and CC Sabathia. With Sabathia leading the way in wins and Hernandez leading in stats a pitcher can actually control.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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