he Braves, who are hard at work piecing together the best 25-man roster with just four days before opening day, have traded for former All-Star pitcher Trevor Cahill for High A outfielder Josh Elander. This move for the Braves gives them more starting pitching options and shows they are returning to the Mid- 90’s philosophy that you can never have too much of a good thing. While I love it, something had to change after a dismal 2014 season.
Cahill, just 27 years old, will be looking to bounce back from a dreadful 2014 season that saw him go 3-12 with a 5.61 ERA. He was even demoted to triple A for a period of time, the worst feeling for an established big league player and hard to swallow. If Cahill can regain half of what he had with Oakland, when he went 18-8 and a 2.97 ERA, it will be a win for the Braves. I feel a change of scenery and working with one of the best pitching coaches in the game Roger McDowell, hopefully working his magic, can get Cahill get back on track and help the team win games. I like this move because it increases the depth of the pitching staff and gives Atlanta a long- man option for the bullpen in veteran Eric Stults. Also, it was a very small price to pay to pull this move off. It’s a low-risk move, and lets be honest, he can’t be as bad as he was last year.
John Hart, President of Baseball Operations for the Braves, has put his stamp on the team this off-season and I love the direction they are going even though it might take a year or so to develop . The Braves are in the market for a back-up outfielder as well, so with just four days left they are still wheeling and dealing, trying to put the best team on the field. John Hart has kept fans on their toes. It will be interesting to see what else he has up his sleeve.