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Couple of the offseason trades looking decent right now


Yes - Billy traded away three of the best arms on our staff this offseason, but might those have been even more prudent moves than we originally thought they were?

Here's what a scout quoted in USA Today's Preview of the NL West had to say about the way Cahill has looked this spring:

Cahill looks like he's throwing (batting practice) out there; his ball isn't sinking at all. He was supposed to be a No. 2 starter but looks no better than a No. 4, and that's being nice.

Cahill has a 6.39 ERA and .314 opponents' batting average in 12 2/3 innings this spring. Bailey is injured...for the second time this spring. Right now, despite Parker's total lack of command this spring, Cowgill and Cook are poised to be significant contributors to this team right out of the gate this season. Reddick has looked like a legitimate power upgrade for the OF, and has arguably been our most productive hitter this spring. If Parker joins the club as our #5 starter, and puts up league average numbers, there's a good chance the total package we received for Cahill could net us a handful more wins this year than he would have provided us with, especially if he regresses even more this year (not that spring numbers are a true indication of how he will perform in the reg season.) If Bailey is injured for a good part of the year, the deal for Reddick could prove to be a very good deal this year.

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