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Cahill hasn't exactly lived up to expectations in Arizona. At least not the Diamondbacks' expectations.
Many thought the A’s were entering rebuilding mode when they sold off their most prized assets in the offseason, most notably All-Stars Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey.
However, Billy Beane has always been apt to determining the true value of players on his roster, and couldn’t have found two better guys to flip in Cahill and Bailey. Cahill, was the team’s ace, winning 18 games in 2012 with a 2.97 ERA and earned Cy Young votes, but it came in a year that he had the lowest BABIP (.224) in the league. Considering that that he is not a strikeout pitcher (just 118 Ks that season and 5.40 K/9) his ERA was certain to balloon, like it did in 2011 (4.11). Beane was wise to sell high on the 24-year-old. It also doesn’t hurt Beane’s credibility that two of the players he got in return for Cahill (Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook) have been absolutely phenomenal for Oakland this season.
And as for the 2009 Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey, his health and closer status made him expendable. He hasn’t pitched more than 50 innings since his rookie year and fits Beane’s trademark sell the closer model. Bailey has yet to appear in a game for the Red Sox, and, Josh Reddick has been absolutely tearing it up this season in right field, leading the A’s in almost every statistical category offensively.