Nick Piecoro was the first to hint at this, saying "Dbacks have had trade discussions involving Trevor Cahill, sources say. Club would likely have to pick up at least half of his $12M salary." But Arizona Sports John Gambadoro has now posted some more specific information:
Dbacks in talks with the Atlanta Braves on a trade for Trevor Cahill.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) April 2, 2015
Dbacks will eat about half of Cahill's $12 million contract and get prospects back in trade with Braves.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) April 2, 2015
It seems rare for a front-line starting pitcher to be traded just a couple of days before Opening Day, and for reasons previously discussed, I'm quite surprised the Diamondbacks are looking at doing so now. Cahill's value was not likely to sink much further with a few April starts, coming has he was off a 3-12 season and 5.61 ERA. We'll see what comes of this, and what kind of prospects they are, but it would not surprise me if the trade worked out for Atlanta as well as the Brandon McCarthy one did for the Yankees last year - McCarthy's FIP for Arizona was almost identical to Cahill's (3.82 vs. 3.89).