LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have signed former Major League starting pitcher Trevor Cahill to a Minor League contract, according to a baseball source. The club has not confirmed.
Cahill, who is 27 years old, was released by the Braves last month after going 0-3 with a 7.52 ERA. A month prior to that he was traded by Arizona on April 2. He is being paid $12 million this year -- $6.5 million by Arizona, and the rest by Atlanta. The Dodgers will be responsible for a pro-ration of the Major League minimum if he makes the Major League roster.
Cahill comes to the Dodgers through the same connection as Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, all three having been in the Oakland A's starting rotation when current Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was an A's official.
He was a second-round pick in 2006, peaked in his second season as an 18-game winner and All-Star for the A's, but backslid after being traded to the D-Backs at the 2011 Winter Meetings. He was hampered by a hip injury in 2013.
Cahill gives the Dodgers a second-half option for the rotation, which has relied on Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias to fill in, after season-ending operations for McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Also in the mix for second-half starting depth is Brandon Beachy, who is rehabbing from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.