Oakland Athletics assistant general manager David Forst said that Trevor Cahill took the offseason deal to Arizona in stride.
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has already seen a much more expressive side to his new right-hander.
Cahill makes his NL debut Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres when the visiting Diamondbacks look to open 4-0 for the first time.
A 2006 second-round pick out of Vista High School in Oceanside, Calif. - 40 miles north of San Diego - Cahill went from an 18-game winner in 2010 to a tradable commodity after going 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA last season for Oakland.
Arizona acquired him in December in a deal that general manager Kevin Towers felt would give the defending NL West champions another talented starter to slot alongside Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Josh Collmenter and Joe Saunders.
Forst said that Cahill, who will earn $3.5 million in 2012 - $3 million more than last season - understood the economics of the deal and why the rebuilding A's pulled ...