The Arizona Diamondbacks, making a bold attempt to fortify their starting rotation, are close to acquiring right-hander Trevor Cahill from the Oakland Athletics, according to major-league sources.
In return for Cahill and left-handed reliever Craig Breslow, the Diamondbacks are expected to send the A's a multi-player package that includes prized right-hander Jarrod Parker and outfielder Collin Cowgill, sources say.
Cahill, 23, would join right-handers Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson to give the Diamondbacks a formidable front three in their rotation, and not just for next season.
The D-backs would control Cahill through 2017 -- he is owed $28.7 million over the next four seasons, and his contract could grow to $54.5 million over six seasons if the team exercises two club options.
Kennedy is under club control through '15, Hudson and right-hander Josh Collmenter through '16. The Diamondbacks also have been talking to lefty Joe Saunders about a two-year extension.
Breslow, 31, emer...