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The Oakland Athletics completed their first big move of the offseason as they completed a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that sent Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow to Arizona in exchange for Jarrod Parker, Collin Cowgill and Ryan Cook. The move is intended as one of many possible moves to help the team reset itself for their eventual move into a new ballpar.
Assistant general manager David Forst chatted with the media about the deal Friday evening. He acknowledged the difficulty of trading a front end starter like Trevor Cahill. However, he believes the team got a prospect with the top-of-the-rotation stuff. Jarrod Parker could very well prove to be better than Cahill and the team gets an extra three years of service time.
Even if they end up a wash, the A's landed an outfielder in Collin Cowgill that will immediately compete for a spot in their starting outfield. With the entire starting trio of Coco Crisp, Josh Willingham and David DeJesus gone or soon to be gone, there are plenty of roster spots open. Add in a live arm like relief pitcher Ryan Cook and it could prove to be a very solid deal for the A's.
As Forst said though, this does not necessarily end the A's wheeling and dealing this offseason. The A's have made it clear they do not "have" to trade any of their pitchers, but if the deal is right they will make it. That means Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey will continue to sit out their collecting offers. With more than two months until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, there is plenty of time to work on a deal.
The Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks completed one of the bigger deals of the offseason thus far on Friday afternoon. The A's sent starting pitcher Trevor Cahill, reliever Craig Breslow, and cash considerations to Arizona for prized pitching prospect Jarrod Parker, relief pitcher Ryan Cook and outfielder Collin Cowgill.
The players involved recently discussed the deal with Susan Slusser of the SF Chronicle. Here are a few of the highlights, all coming courtesy of Twitter. As for the guys coming to Oakland:
Colin Cowgill tells me: "I'm super excited. I just learned the news and I couldn't be more excited." Hopes for starting OF spot.
Jarrod Parker tells me: "It's a real shock to be moved, but I'm glad to get an opportunity with Oakland."
Ryan Cook: "It came as an absolute shocker, my emotions are mixed. ... But I'm excited to embark on this journey with Oakland."
And for the guys headed to the desert to join the D-backs:
Trevor Cahill tells me: "I'd heard the rumors but I never thought I'd be the guy to get traded."
Cahill: "Looking at it positively, I get to go somewhere where they want to win now. I loved it in Oakland, I'm comfortable there"
Breslow tells me: "I've been on the other side, not being desired.... I've never been traded to a team that wants my services."
On paper, this looks like a move that could greatly benefit both teams. The D-backs to improve their club as they attempt to win in the very near future, while the A's continue to build for the future and rid themselves of salary obligations.
For more on the deal, head on over to Athletics Nation.
Oakland Athletics beat writer Susan Slusser has reportedly confirmed that the A's have dealt All Star pitcher Trevor Cahill to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Reports indicate the A's are sending Cahill and relief pitcher Craig Breslow to the DBacks for RHP Jarrod Parker, OF Collin Cowgill and RHP Ryan Cook. The deal has not been announced by the A's, but all indications are that it is just about wrapped up.
Once the deal does officially go through, Parker will immediately contend for a spot in the A's 2012 starting rotation. That specific spot remains to be seen given that the A's are still actively shopping much of the rest of their rotation.
Cowgill will likely immediately compete for a starting outfield spot. David DeJesus left for the Chicago Cubs and Josh Willingham is not going to be returning, which opens up a couple spots for some healthy competition. Chris Carter and Michael Taylor will be competing for those and other spots. Ryan Sweeney is the only significant outfielder from the A's 2011 25-man roster still under contract.
Ryan Cook will get a shot at a bullpen spot in 2012, although it is possible he could start the season at Triple-A. Cook split his 2011 season between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno. He made 48 appearances between the two and finished with a 2.21 ERA over 61.0 innings.
The A's are in a bit of a fire-sale mode at this point as they look to build a team that could conceivably compete when a hypothetical stadium opens in 2015. Although Trevor Cahill had club options after 2015, that also boosted his value and provided a potential for the best return. The A's will hit plenty of speed bumps in 2012, but they will likely have some intriguing young talent to keep fans interested.
The rumor mill heated up on Friday as the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks were connected on a possible trade involving starting pitcher Trevor Cahill. Naturally this has led to a flood of competing rumors about the deal. Initially the reports were a deal just involving RHP Jarrod Parker. Then the deal would also include Collin Cowgill, with Craig Breslow joining Cahill in heading to Arizona.
Ken Rosenthal tweeted the deal was still fluid but that it was close to being done. This came shortly after Bob Nightengale tweeted that Arizona plans on having Parker fill their fifth starter role and thus would not include him in the deal. Parker and Cahill are actually the same age, but Parker has no MLB service time while Cahill has three years of MLB service time.
This situation remains in flux with competing rumors flying around. It sounds like a deal could happen very soon. Of course, this deal could also fall apart in a matter of minutes, so we'll just have to wait and see. For more on the A's, head over to Athletics Nation.
The Oakland Athletics rumor mill remains hot and heavy even with teams dispersing from the winter meetings to continue their offseason business. The A's have reportedly made it known that everybody but Jemile Weeks is on the table for possible trades. Gio Gonzalez was the big name this past week, but fellow All-Star Trevor Cahill is also getting into the mix.
Reports out of the winter meetings indicate Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers spoke with Oakland about both Gonzalez and Cahill. The Diamondbacks have several top prospects, although not all are readily available. Jon Heyman is reporting Tyler Skaggs is unavailable and Trevor Bauer is ineligible to be dealt.
Parker had Tommy John surgery in 2009 and sat out all of 2010. He returned in 2011 and struggled early with his command. It started to come together in the second half of the season as he put together a dominant July in which he was 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He was a late season call up and got a start in for the Diamondbacks, as well as one appearance in the playoffs.
Cowgill is coming off a 2011 season in which he hit .354 with 13 home runs and 70 RBIs in 98 games at Triple-A Reno. Cowgill spent the final month and a half of the season with the Diamondbacks where he hit .239 in 36 games.