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Angels sign Trevor Cahill to one-year, $9 million contract

Cahill earns a solid payday after a bounce-back season in Oakland.

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The Angels have signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill to a one-year deal worth $9 million, plus up to $1.5 million in incentives, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal:

Cahill is coming off the free-agent market much earlier than he did last offseason; he signed a one-year deal for $1.5 million with the Athletics on March 19, a move Oakland made as a response to Jharel Cotton tearing his UCL during spring training. He certainly provided the A’s with more value than they possibly could have expected for that salary, posting a 3.76 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP, 100 strikeouts, and 41 walks over 110 innings.

Cahill has experienced plenty of ups and downs throughout his 10-year career, reaching the All-Star Game and getting AL Cy Young votes as a starter with the A’s in 2010, struggling mightily for the Diamondbacks and Braves in 2014-15, then joining the Cubs as a reliever in 2015, becoming dominant and eventually winning a World Series with Chicago in ‘16. He returned to starting in 2017, had success with the Padres, struggled significantly once again after getting dealt to the Royals prior to the deadline, and then bounced back in Oakland this year. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of turn his carer takes next as he heads to Anaheim.

Cahill is the second free-agent addition to the Angels’ rotation this week, following Matt Harvey, who agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal on Tuesday. Though the Angels could still use a more legitimate ace, they now seemingly have enough pitchers to build a respectable rotation, with Cahill and Harvey joining Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs, and Nick Tropeano, along with Jaime Barria, who will have a chance to crack the starting five.