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SnakePit Appraisal: Trevor Cahill

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Could have gone better. That's about as kind as it gets.

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Strengths:
  • "He didn’t kill anyone this year." - Azreous
  • "Cahill customarily kept the ball in the park  and was actually pretty good with the bases empty. Even sported a better FIP than in his All Star season."
  • "There were flashes of the ace that most thought he could be (granted, it was only one or 2 innings at a time)." - GuruB
  • "his peripherals were better than in past years."- preston.salisbury
  • "Showed signs of pitching better after minor league recall." - desertice
Weaknesses:
  • "He was a horrific tire fire the entire season………and we’re stuck with him." - Turambar
  • "Paid too much to do so little." - SenSurround
  • "The man to which other player’s suckage gets compared." - Paulnh
  • "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA  We traded PARKER for THIS" - AzRattler
  • "Possibly the least enjoyable games to watch this season were the ones that Cahill pitched in. " - JoeCB1991
  • "It’s mystifying to me why he can’t compete and can’t throw strikes when he needs to. Maybe last year he really hurt his shoulder in June and just hasn’t been right since." - shoewizard
  • "It’s his mental make-up that is the problem. His LD% has soared the past couple seasons along with his BB%. He lost control mentally in a Rick Ankiel sort of way." - Fangdango
  • "I regret that I only have one "1" to give him." - Azreous
  • "Worst starting pitcher on the team." - Makakilo
  • "Pretty much sucked," - DeadmanG
Toward 2015:
  • "The silver lining is that there is a good chance he could be a better value than Arroyo next year." - xmet
  • "I have very little hope Cahill bounces back. His BABIP was about right for someone with that high a line drive rate, and a pitcher with a .356 BABIP just isn’t going to cut it, even if he keeps the ball in the park." - preston.salisbury
  • "The upside is still there going forward, theoretically, as the raw stuff is just so good." - SenSurround
  • "A better FIP than Wade Miley, and almost identical to Josh Collmenter? In theory, that should suggest a far brighter future for Cahill going forward." - Jim McLennan
  • "John Shepherd’s article gives me hope for trading Cahill in 2015." - Makakilo
  • "Might be best just to release him and eat the salary since they seem to be set on cleaning house from last season’s stink. Cahill might be unsalvageable." - desertice
The tally:
  • 5 - Highly satisfied: 0%
  • 4 - Fairly satisfied: 0%
  • 3 - Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied: 4%
  • 2 - Somewhat dissatisfied: 11%
  • 1 - Very dissatisfied: 85%

[Taps glass on poll] Hmmm. It seems to be on. I guess that's it. Usually in these things, there's someone who thinks it's witty to give an obviously dumb vote. But here? Nope. I think it's safe to say we've reached the low-water mark for a bit, and most scores going forward will fall between Cahill and Anderson.

The scoreboard:
  1. Chase Anderson: 4.18 (161 votes)
  2. Mike Bolsinger: 2.67 (117)
  3. Bronson Arroyo: 2.63 (125)
  4. Trevor Cahill: 1.07 (147)