San Francisco Giants: Three sleeper free-agent starting pitcher targets
RHP Trevor Cahill
Trevor Cahill is a journeyman who has bounced around the league since his debut in 2009, working as both a starter and a reliever. His prime is a little further behind him than Miller’s, with Cahill’s one and only All-Star nod came back in 2010 when he was only 22 years old and still a member of the Oakland Athletics.
Since then, he’s spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, Athletics again, and most recently the Los Angeles Angels.
The 31-year-old signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Angels last winter with the hope being that he could solidify a spot in the rotation. Instead, he struggled to a 5.98 ERA in 37 appearances, only 11 of which were starts before he was moved to the bullpen to serve in a long-relief role.
However, he’s not far removed from a solid season with the A’s in 2018 when he went 7-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 110 innings. Those are respectable numbers that the Giants might feel he could replicate in 2020 for a fraction of his 2019 salary.
Plus, maybe that familiar northern California air that he started his career in will be a nice reminder of the pitcher that he used to be. He’ll be cheap and he knows what he’s doing, so maybe the San Francisco Giants will take a flyer on him on a one-year deal.