When the Chicago Cubs picked up Trevor Cahill last August, nobody envisioned the production that he has given them so far.
The Cubs’ front office, like they have done with so many other arms, took a flier on Cahill. That flier has paid off for them. Originally, the deal was a minor league deal, and the Cubs had the intent of using him out of the bullpen.
Cahill was effective in 11 appearances for the Cubs. In those appearances, Trevor pitched 17 innings, giving up just eight hits, allowing four earned runs, to go along with just five walks, to go with 22 strikeouts, with just a .143 BAA.
In fact, Trevor so was effective, that he was able to make the playoff roster. Not to mention he recorded some key outs for the Cubs in the NLDS against the Cardinals. He was able to parlay this short stretch with the Cubs into another North Side contract.
A one-year contract with the Cubs in 2016, even turning down a longer, guaranteed contract from the Pirates with a chance to be a starter!
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So far, in 2016, Cahill has pitched in 35 games, making one spot start, and has pitched 50 2/3 innings, allowing 39 hits, with 15 earned runs, 27 walks, and 53 strikeouts, also recording a stellar .204 BAA. Not bad for a guy who jumped around between three teams last year.
Not bad for a guy who jumped around between three teams last year.
He has been every bit of what the Cubs have asked him to be and more. Aside from that fact that he has been a very productive member of this bullpen. Also, a guy the Cubs can trust to eat multiple innings when need be and maybe even make a start when they need him to.
With the Chicago Cubs looking to possibly rest their starters, there is a chance Cahill picks up another start down the stretch. He went down to Iowa and made a few starts there, to get stretched out, so, more starts for Cahill in September makes sense.
It’s safe to say that Trevor has earned a chance for a new contract with the Cubs at season’s end. Heck, maybe even a cheap multi-year contract. He has definitely revived his career with the Cubs. And it’s showing. Trevor Cahill has found a home in Chicago.
The Chicago Cubs should definitely be thinking about bringing him back.