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Dodgers sign Trevor Cahill to minor-league deal

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The right-hander will provide rotation depth for Los Angeles.

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The Dodgers have signed right-hander Trevor Cahill to a minor-league contract, as reported by Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Cahill will report to Triple-A Albuquerque, though it is possible that he could join the major-league team in the near future.

Cahill, 27, was recently released by the Braves after posting a 7.52 ERA in fifteen appearances (three starts) after being acquired in a trade with the Diamondbacks. He was rumored to be of interest to the Dodgers in the Juan Uribe-Alberto Callaspo trade, though the team instead opted to acquire Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime as pitching depth. Cahill was designated for assignment by Atlanta last month, and subsequently released.

For the Dodgers, Cahill will provide depth for a rotation that has been hampered by season-ending injuries to Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy. The team is expected to pursue high-scale pitching options like Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto at the trade deadline, though lesser additions in the mold of Cahill are also likely to be frequent in Los Angeles.

In parts of seven major-league seasons with the Athletics (2009-2011), Diamondbacks (2012-2014) and Braves (2015), Cahill is the owner of a lifetime 64-72 record and 4.16 ERA. He has been on the steady decline since a breakout season in 2010, when he made the AL All-Star team en route to an 18-8 record and 2.97 ERA in 32 starts on the season.

Cahill is in the final season of a four-year, $30 million extension with Oakland, with Arizona taking on $6.5 million of his $12 million salary this season and Atlanta being on the hook for the remaining $5.5 million.