Trevor Cahill is returning to the Bay Area, only this time on a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. The former Oakland Athletic spent last season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and went 4-9 in 39 games for the Halos including 11 starts with a 5.98 ERA totaling 81 strikeouts in 102.1 innings of work. The 31 year old right hander was first drafted by the A's in 2nd round of the 2006 June Amateur Draft out of Vista High School. He made the All Star team in his second season going 18-8 in 30 starts with a 2.97 ERA which included 118 strikeouts. He was then traded to the Diamondbacks in 2011 and then shipped from Arizona to the Braves. Cahill struggled while in Atlanta, he made just 15 appearances and went 0-3 with a 7.52 ERA. He then went to the Dodgers and Cubs within weeks of each other but with the Cubs he was 5-4 in 61 games and made just 1 start. He signed with the Padres in 2017 and going 4-3 in 11 starts with a 3.69 ERA totaling 72 strikeouts in just 61 innings.
After his stint with the Padres Cahill was traded to the Royals in a deal that included Travis Wood and Matt Strahm to San Diego. Cahill didn't have a record in 10 games with the Royals in which he made 3 starts but an ERA of 8.22 and 10 home runs given up in 23 innings ended the season on the injured list with right shoulder impingement. He then returned back to Oakland the next season but went 7-4 in 20 starts before finishing the year on the injured list with a strained Achilles. The Angels gave Cahill a contract that Winter and was again bothered by right arm injuries towards the end of the season.
Cahill returns to the Rivercats, a team in which was then the Oakland A's affiliate back in 2010 in which he was 1-0 in 2 starts with 8 strikeouts in 8.2 innings with just 5 walks.
His numbers in his career as a starter vs reliever are quite opposite, going 75-82 as a starter with an ERA of 4.25 and 9-10 as a reliever with a 3.95 ERA. It is unsure what his job will be as the Giants pitchers and catchers reported to camp today.