How this works
Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:
- Pre-season expectations
- 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
- Health and other mitigating factors
- How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.
Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.
Trevor Cahill, RHP
- DOB: 3/1/1988
- 2014 Salary: $7.7 million
- 2014 performance: 17 starts, 110.2 IP, 5.71 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 105 K, 55 BB, 3-12 record
- 2014 value: -1-5 bWAR, 0.9 fWAR.
Cahill pitched the second game in Australia, taking the loss - he also lost his next three outings and, with a 9.17 ERA, was moved to the bullpen. He did perform better there, putting up a 3.04 ERA over 15 outings and 23.2 innings of work, but by mutual consent was sent to the minor leagues in early June, so he could stretch back out for a return to the rotation. That came after the All-Star break, and the results thereafter were spotty at best. He did put together a run of five consecutive quality starts, with a 2.73 ERA, but over all his 13 second-half starts, Cahill had a 5.58 ERA, with a K:BB ratio of 60:31 in 69.1 innings. He is due $12m for 2015, with team options for 2016 + 2017.