Braves Designate Trevor Cahill For Assignment, Call Up Dana Eveland


Braves fans can finally take a sigh of relief. Get what I did there? Trevor Cahill, who has been absolutely abysmal this season, has finally been designated by assignment by the Braves. Cahill was brought on board right before Opening Day, as the Braves decided that Eric Stults and Wandy Rodriguez were too similar to share the back end of the rotation. The Braves opted to keep Stults, and traded for Cahill with the Diamondbacks, eating a little more than half of his salary. Rodriguez has pitched flawlessly for the Rangers, and now Cahill and Stults are both gone. Williams Perez and Mike Foltynewicz have proven to be a nice duo at the back end of the Braves rotation, but it would have been nice to use that money on relief help, such as Rafael Soriano. Instead, Atlanta had to deal with a washed up starting pitcher that the Diamondbacks had to eat half the salary and give up a draft pick just to get rid of. Cahill posted a 7.52 ERA in Atlanta in 15 apperances, three of which were starts before he was pulled from the rotation. Batters hit .330 off him. The former All-Star will now likely be optioned or released. I don’t see any team wanting his contract.  Cahill was essentially a waste of a bullpen spot, and Atlanta needs help in that area. The Braves have brought in just that, calling up Dana Eveland from AAA Gwinnett. Eveland was signed recently to a minor league deal after opting out of his minor league deal with the Red Sox. He posted a 1.44 ERA in 17 appearances in AAA (1 with AAA Gwinnett). Eveland had a 2.63 ERA in 30 appearances out of the Mets bullpen last season. His NL East success and having a second lefty arm make him a nice add to the struggling bullpen. This is a move that will help the team mightily.

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