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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Articles tagged: Trevor Cahill

Watch: Trevor Cahill’s flip attempt is the least graceful moment of the season

Not all pitchers are good defenders. Trevor Cahill found that out the hard way on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Angels right-hander tried to make a flashy, desperation flip to first baseman Jared Walsh on a weak ground ball on the infield against the Minnesota Twins. Instead, Cahill ended up losing both his glove and his footing, tumbling onto the infield dirt in a funny-looking play.

The good news? Cahill wasn’t hurt or anything like that. The bad news was he was very ineffective, giving up six runs in 4.1 innings.

This was a tough play that would have gone on the highlight reel had Cahill made it, so he doesn’t really deserve to be hammered for his inability to do so. It’s impossible to ignore how silly it ended up looking, though.

Angels announce surprising Opening Day starter

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If you’re wondering how the Los Angeles Angels have only made the playoffs once since Mike Trout’s been on the team, look no further than this.

The Angels’ Opening Day starter for the season was announced on Tuesday, and it will be Trevor Cahill.

Cahill was signed by the team in December to a one-year, $9 million deal. The 31-year-old is coming off a season where he went 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA in 110 innings for the Oakland A’s.

Though Cahill is a solid enough pitcher, your roster is in bad shape if he’s your No. 1 guy, and that’s where the Angels are.

Shohei Ohtani is recovering from Tommy John surgery, otherwise he’d be their best pitcher. Tyler Skaggs is dealing with a forearm injury, though he’s still expected to begin the season in the rotation. Andrew Heaney also has an arm injury and will begin the season on the injured list. New signing Matt Harvey, Felix Pena, and Jamie Baria are their other starters.

The team’s pitching has not been solid — let alone good — since 2015. Locking up Mike Trout is great news that brings relief to the franchise over concerns he would leave. Putting together a much better team around him remains the real challenge.

Angels sign Trevor Cahill to one-year deal

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The Los Angeles Angels entered the offseason desperate for starting pitching help, and fans probably are not going to be pleased with the way they are addressing the need thus far.

Just a day after they signed Matt Harvey to a one-year, $11 million contract, the Angels have reportedly landed right-hander Trevor Cahill for one year at $9 million.

Like Harvey, Cahill’s contract has incentives that will allow him to earn more money. The 30-year-old posted a 7-4 record and 3.76 ERA in a solid year with the Oakland A’s last year, but it’s fair to wonder why the Angels chose to commit $20 million to Cahill and Harvey rather than make a bigger splash.

Former Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Morton signed a two-year deal worth $15 million a year with the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this offseason. The Angels were said to be in on Nathan Eovaldi and J.A. Happ, but they missed out on both. They also have opted not to sign Dallas Keuchel, who remains a free agent. For just north of $23 million per year, the Angels could have had Patrick Corbin back.

We already shared our thoughts on the Angels taking a chance on Harvey, and Cahill will likely be viewed as a nice addition who isn’t going to move the needle much in LA. This isn’t the type of splash fans were hoping for.