Trevor Cahill Clears Waivers; Demoted to Single-A
Trevor Cahill, a six year pro, was designated for assignment on June 10th. Having cleared waivers today, the Diamondbacks demoted Cahill to the High-A Visalia Rawhide.
It is unsurprising that Cahill and his 30 million dollar contract, 27 of that guaranteed, cleared waivers.
Cahill came to the Diamondbacks in December 2011 trade with Craig Breslow, for Jarrod Parker, Ryan Cook. and Collin Cowgill, two years following a 2010 All-Star vote and finishing ninth in the AL Cy Young voting, finishing the season 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA at only 22. At the time, he looked like he would become an ace.
In the 2012 season, Cahill recorded 13 wins, and a respectable ERA of 3.78. He followed the 2012 season up with an 8-10 2013 campaign, and an ERA of 3.99.
Come 2014 where he started the season off in the starting rotation only to begin 0-4. He was demoted to the bullpen where he would only wind up winning one of his final three games, before his ultimate demotion.
Cahill is sitting in the third year of a four year, 30 million dollar extension that includes two club options.
General manager Kevin Towers realizes that Cahill still has value. Perhaps a trade could be looming for the once promising prospect, and Towers demoting Cahill to Single-A could help his trade value in the end.
It will be interesting to see how the Cahill situation plays out. Whether or not he returns to the team this season, or at all in the coming future, is to be seen. But right now, the future looks like an uphill climb, for a star who fell so low.