The A’s completed a trade with the Diamondbacks on Friday that sent starter Trevor Cahill and southpaw Craig Breslow to Arizona.
In trade for Breslow and Cahill, Oakland obtains outfielder Collin Cowgill, valued pitching prospect Jarrod Parker, and right handed pitcher Ryan Cook. The A’s will also send cash considerations to the D-backs as a piece of the deal.
Cahill, would strengthen the D-backs’ rotation, and supposed to be paid $29 million over the next four years in a contract that also has two club options. Oakland’s choice to move the 23-year-old Cahill embodies its latest attempt at rebuilding while it awaits a decision on a new stadium. in San Jose.
After a strong 2010 season, which included an 18-8 record, 2.97 ERA, and an All-Star selection, Cahill took a decline in 2011, with a 12-14 record and 4.16 ERA. Nevertheless, he made a career-high 34 starts and has made at least 30 starts in each of his three big league campaigns.
Cowgill, meanwhile, in 98 games at triple-A, hit .354 driving in 70 RBIs and hitting 13 home runs. He played in 36 games with Arizona with a .239 average and one homer, with nine RBIs.
Cook, 23, had a 2.21 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, appearing in 48 games between Double-A and Triple-A this year.
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