The Padres have agreed to sign righty Trevor Cahill to a 1-year, $1.75 million deal, as first reported by Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. SB Nation first reported that Cahill was progressing on a deal with an NL club.
Cahill will likely get a chance to crack the Padres’ rotation, joining fellow free-agent signees Clayton Richard and Jhoulys Chacin in the mix. Cahill’s deal is the third $1.75 million deal handed out by the Padres this winter, joining the contracts for both Richard and Chacin.
Cahill, who turns 29 in March, posted a solid 2.74 ERA in 65.2 innings over 50 appearances (one start) for the world champion Cubs last season. He has seen a bit of a career renaissance since shifting to the bullpen with Chicago last season, though could get a chance to start consistently for the first time since he made 17 starts for Arizona in 2014.
Cahill, who was an All-Star in 2010, owns a career 69-76 record and 4.05 ERA in 262 appearances (174 starts) with the Athletics (2009-11), Diamondbacks (2012-14), Braves (2015) and Cubs (2015-16). He is a southern California native, and went to high school about an hour away from Petco Park.