Braves get pitcher Trevor Cahill from Diamondbacks

Published 11:21 am Friday, April 3, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves acquired pitcher Trevor Cahill from Arizona on Thursday night, hoping to boost a staff that’s been hurt by injuries.

The Diamondbacks sent Cahill and cash to the Braves for minor league outfielder Josh Elander.

The 27-year-old Cahill was 3-12 with a 5.61 ERA for Arizona last season. The right-hander was an All-Star with Oakland in 2010.

Cahill is 64-69 with a 4.07 ERA in six seasons.

Only opening day starter Julio Teheran, newcomer Shelby Miller and Alex Wood are guaranteed spots in the Braves’ rotation. Mike Minor, who went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA in 25 starts last season, is out indefinitely with a sore shoulder.

Braves assistant general manager John Coppolella said the Braves had their eyes on Cahill all spring.

“We thought he was a young pitcher with good stuff,” Coppolella said. “We saw him four different times this spring and liked what we saw.”

Cahill has suffered from shoulder stiffness but Coppolella said it was “just minor wear and tear.”

“There are no red flags,” Coppolella said. “He’s going to give us a good shot to get us where we want to be.”

The 24-year-old Elander is a .275 hitter in three seasons in the minors. He batted .219 with two homers last year at Class A Lynchburg.