"The first inning, he had some misfortune there," he said. "He made a great pitch on Bonifacio and the bat basically broke down by his handle."
-Kirk Gibson on Cahill's Friday night performance
"He was better tonight," Gibson said following the game, which resulted in a 3-1 loss for his team. "He had better rhythm. Repeated his delivery better. Controlled the counts better... I think a lot of the things he was working on he did well."
-Kirk Gibson on Cahill's improvement
"It's a new challenge for us. It's something we have to deal with that we didn't think we'd be dealing with a day ago, yet that's what being a champion is all about. That's part of it."
-Kirk Gibson on losing David Hernandez
"Many of the things that got done were player-driven, and I think that shows players want to make the game clean."
-Brad Ziegler on the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement
Trevor Cahill struggled again, allowing eight hits and three walks in six innings of work, but only three runs. Meanwhile the Cubs' Edwin Jackson had a strong final game of spring, allowing only one hit and no runs in four innings of work.
Despite Cahill's rough outing Friday night, Diamondback manager Kir Gibson is mostly pleased with the struggling starter's improvement.
Diamondbacks Lose David Hernandez for 2014 / Loss of Hernandez Creates New Challenge to Overcome
Arizona set-up man David Hernandez is the latest in a very long line of pitchers to succumb to a UCL injury this season. After a down 2013 campaign that saw Hernandez demoted to AAA, the hard-throwing right-hander appeared to have regained his dominant form. The Diamondbacks have yet to announce who will replace Hernandez in the bullpen, but need to make a decision by Sunday.
Unsurprisingly, Diamondback reliever had some pointed opinions about the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement.
MLB and the player's union agreed on Friday to changes to the Joint Drug Agreement. Among the changes were stiffer penalties for those caught in violation of the agreement, increased testing, and an expansion of the list of banned substances.
Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers will be together for quite some time. Cabrera signed an 8-year extension that will keep the star slugger in Detroit through the 2023 season. The extension, added on top of not in in place of the existing deal means that Cabreara is in line to receive $292 million dollars over the next 10 seasons. The contract also comes with two option years, worth $30 million each.
On the heels of Cabrera's record deal, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim locked up Mike Trout to a six-year extension worth $144.5 million that will keep the phenom center fielder in southern California through 2020. Perhaps most notable is that the contract expires when Trout will be 28 years old, making him eligible for another mega-payday.