Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill, owner of 62 big-league wins, was given the Roy Halladay treatment Thursday,
Cahill, who has struggled to replicate the form that saw him go 18-8 with the Oakland A's in 2010, was demoted to single-A Visalia despite being owed nearly $20 million through the 2015 season. In 19 games this season, including four starts, the 26-year-old has gone 1-6 with a 5.66 earned-run average.
Cahill is making $7.7 million this season and is owed $12 million for next year.
"I'm sure they've got a plan and I trust them and I feel like they'll do right by me," Cahill said earlier this week. "They haven't given me an indication that they wouldn't. So I'm just going to do whatever's best for the team. I like playing here. I want to stay here, but I want to get better and be the guy that I can be."
The move all the way to single-A is reminiscent of what the Toronto Blue Jays did with a struggling Halladay in 2001, when he was sent to Dunedin to rebuild his delivery after he went 4-7 in 2000, his third season. He bounced back from the demotion and had, arguably, a Hall of Fame career before retiring last winter.
Cahill, who was acquired from the A's by the Diamondbacks in 2012, cleared waivers earlier this week -- his salary scared teams off -- and had been designated for assignment.
CUBS SIGN TORREALBA
The Chicago Cubs reached agreement Thursday with veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba on a minor-league contract.
Torrealba last played in the major leagues with the Colorado Rockies in 2013 when he batted .240 with no homers and 16 RBIs in 61 games.
During the offseason, the 35-year-old Torrealba signed a minor-league deal with the Angels but opted to become a free agent when he knew he was not going to make the team out of spring training.
In a major league career that began in 2001, Torrealba has a lifetime .256 batting average with 56 home runs and 339 RBIs. His career stops have included the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Rockies.
The Cubs are currently using John Baker and Eli Whiteside behind the plate as replacements for starter Welington Castillo, who is on the disabled list with a rib cage injury.
INDIANS ACTIVATE SWISHER
The Cleveland Indians activated infielder Nick Swisher from the disabled list and placed designated hitter Jason Giambi on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.
Swisher, 33, was placed on the DL on May 27 with a left knee hyperextension, and spent a two-day rehab stint with Class-AA Akron before returning to the major league club. Swisher is batting .211 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs in 49 games this season.
His return could impact the playing time of first baseman Carlos Santana, as the Indians are unlikely to take at-bats away from hot-hitting third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
Giambi has played in 15 games for the Indians this season, batting .128 with two home runs and 5 RBIs in 47 at-bats as he serves a player-coach role with the team.
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