There has been a lot of trade talk surrounding certain all-star pitchers for the A’s, primarily lefty starter Gio Gonzalez and closer Andrew Bailey, as I wrote a couple of days ago. But in vintage Billy Beane style he quietly and quickly dealt Cahill instead.
The deal seems pretty fair for both sides. The Diamondbacks get another good young starter to an already impressive rotation that includes Daniel Hudson and Ian Kennedy. Having won the NL west title last season, the Diamondbacks now have a rotation as good as their lineup and one that rivals any rotation in that division, even San Francisco. They also get a solid lefty reliever out of the pen, always a good thing to have.
The A’s get a top pitching prospect in Parker, who is the clear centerpiece for this deal. Parker is the same age as Cahill but has three years less service time so will come at a much lower price. He brings four quality pitches to the table and his fastball hangs out in the low to mid nineties. Cowgil is a solid all around outfield prospect that will probably compete for a starting spot in 2012. I wouldn’t expect huge numbers from him but seems like he could be a solid player; kind of reminds me a bit of a right handed Travis Buck when he was healthy. Ryan Cook is a hard throwing relief pitching prospect, which the A’s have actually been really lucky with in the past so I like him as a throw in.
The A’s have had quite a bit of trade history in recent years with the Dbacks so this trade doesn’t surprise me at all. And while it isn’t quite the haul they got in the Dan Haren trade with Arizona a few years back, Parker is a big time prospect and should fit right in pitching in the spacious Coliseum. The real story of the trade will be seeing how the secondary pieces, Cowgil and Cook turnout. All in all this looks like a fair trade for both clubs considering each team’s current direction.
This move could preclude others as the A’s look to shoot for contending in 2015 when their ideal move to San Jose takes place. They’re looking to get young impact prospects so I would expect Gio and Bailey deals to follow, if not in the offseason then by the trade deadline. And the A’s certainly aren’t contending next year with yesterday’s extravaganza.
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Written by Josh Muller
My name is Josh Muller. I was born and raised in Oakland, California and currently live in San Francisco. I watch sports religiously and organize my calender year to coincide with baseball season. I'm a diehard A's and Warriors fan, love talking sports all day and believe that the words "Opening Day" are the two greatest in the English language.