With Tyler Beede sidelined, the San Francisco Giants fifth starter job is an open battle. Should we buy or sell Trevor Cahill winning that roster spot?
Should we buy or sell the idea of Trevor Cahill claiming that starting spot?
Cahill has 11 MLB seasons and 1,445.2 innings under his belt, so be brings a ton of experience to the table. The past few seasons, he has been used predominantly as a reliever, but anyone familiar with his time as a member of the Oakland Athletics knows what he is a capable starter.
As recently as the 2018 season, he made 20 starts for the A's and pitched to a 3.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 110 innings. If he can put together something similar in 2020, he would definitely be worth having in the rotation.
In 4.2 innings so far this spring, he has yet to allow an earned run, and he has recorded eight strikeouts while surrendering just one walk.
The Giants technically won't need a fifth starter until the second week of the season since they have days off after their first two series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Still, they may want whoever their fifth starter is in the bullpen to start the season serving as a long reliever in case any of their other starters makes an early exit.
So am I buying or selling Cahill as the No. 5 starter?
I'm buying. He has been very solid this spring and looked terrific in the one game he started. He provides experience and showed in 2018 he can still be en effective MLB starter.
Do you buy or sell Cahill as a fifth starter? Let us know in the comments below!