Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 12/9/11

In an effort to make another run in 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for top pitching prospect Jarrod Parker. The D’Backs will also be receiving Craig Breslow, with Collin Cowgill and Ryan Cook making their way to the Bay Area.

Cahill will be joining Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, and Josh Collmenter in a young Snakes rotation. Cahill, still only 23-years old, is cost controlled through 2017 if Arizona chooses, and he will be paid a mere $55.2 million in that span. Since he’s already been through three big league seasons, his current deal will buy out all of his arbitration years and a couple of free agent years if the D’Backs decide to exercise their club options.

Cahill may be remembered fondly from his 2010 campaign in which he posted an ERA under 3.00 while winning 18 games for Oakland. Cahill is most known for his sinker, but despite his ground balls and the Athletics’ spacious digs, he’s never posted a FIP under 4.00 in 583 big league innings across three seasons.

Cahill’s sinker will be great fit for Arizona’s launching pad, and there’s always the hope that he will become the next reincarnation of former D’Backs’ Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. Cahill’s sinker doesn’t have quite the same kind of movement as Webb’s did, but his offspeed stuff is ahead of the game, at this point. Cahill’s changeup and curveball both resulted in a whiff rate above league average last season, allowing the righty to fare well against left-handed batters despite his reliance on a sinker as his primary pitch.

Breslow is a very minor piece in this trade; as a southpaw, he’s posted a career xFIP of 4.00 against left-handed hitters. Breslow has had problems with his control at times, and while he’s also had some minimal success against right-handed hitters in the past, he shouldn’t be trusted against righties with high home-run rates due to his tendency to let balls fly through the air.

With Cahill and Breslow, the Diamondbacks are making a play for next year without giving up much in terms of long-term value. Cahill is still quite young and has some learning to do, while Breslow will give Arizona another arm to use in the bullpen. With the Giants and Rockies staying generally stagnant during the offseason to date, the Diamondbacks are showing they will do everything they can to maintain their hold on the NL West. It’s hard to dislike this deal for Arizona, despite them having to give up Parker in the process.

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