Entering the 2015 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers expected to have one of the best starting pitching staffs in baseball; however, those dreams were crushed soon after Opening Day. With Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy both missing the entire season, the team had to look elsewhere to find their top five starters.
Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias both were projected to be minor-league starters and late-season call-ups but they quickly had to step up due to the injuries.
According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Dodgers have made a depth signing:
— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) July 2, 2015
Cahill began the season with the Atlanta Braves but was released on June 20 after going 0-3 with a 7.21 ERA. After losing his first three starts of 2015, the Braves sent Cahill to the bullpen where he gave up 11 runs on 21 hits in just 14 innings.
The 27-year-old made the American League All Star team in 2010 as a member of the Oakland Athletics and finished the season with a record of 18-8. However, this would be his last dominant season has since gone 36-51.
Although the young pitcher has not been good as of late, Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman must see potential in the right-hander. During the offseason, they acquired Bolsinger, who had a sub-par 2014 season as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks but has pitched quite well for the Dodgers this season.
With Brandon Beachy expected to return and be a possible starter after the All Star break, Cahill will most likely be insurance for the Dodgers in case of any extra injuries.
With the Dodgers starters having the fifth best ERA in baseball while combining for 11 shutouts (2nd best), it appears as if the team will be just fine with or without Cahill.