The Oakland Athletics, knowing they needed to keep their young rotation intact, reached agreement on a five-year contract with All-Star right-hander Trevor Cahill.
The deal, worth $30.5 million, takes the 23-year-old through all three of his arbitration-eligible seasons and first potential year of free agency to 2015.
“It feels good. I came up with them and I’m just glad they gave me the opportunity to lock me up and I’m guaranteed to pitch for a while, so I couldn’t be happier,” Cahill said Monday in Chicago before the A’s played the White Sox.
Through two starts this season, Cahill is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA. He was the A’s opening day starter after winning 18 games last season with a 2.97 ERA in his second season in the majors.
A second-round draft pick in 2006, Cahill is 29-21 lifetime and was a first-time All-Star last year.
BOSTON EXTENDS BUCHHOLZ
Clay Buchholz has been guaranteed just under $30 million in new money as part of an agreement with the Boston Red Sox through 2015.
The All-Star pitcher, who threw a no-hitter in his second major league start, keeps the $550,000 salary for this year that was in the one-year deal he agreed to last month.
MANNY SAYS SO LONG
Slugger Manny Ramirez has spoken to Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon since retiring after facing a 100-game drug ban, but stopped short of apologizing for his abrupt departure.
“He was disappointed in himself, but he was also very kind to the organization,” Maddon said.
“He just said he was disappointed. He didn’t apologize. I wasn’t looking for an apology necessarily ”
Maddon did not say when the conversation with Ramirez took place. Ramirez walked away Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
GIANTS BEEF UP SECURITY
The San Francisco Giants are beefing up security for a three-game series with the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers after an attack left a Giants fan in a medically induced coma. Meanwhile, fans in Los Angeles drove to Dodger Stadium to drop off cash, checks and good wishes for injured fan Bryan Stow.
The jury in Barry Bonds’ federal perjury trial in San Francisco deliberated for a second day without reaching a verdict. The eight women and four men will return this morning. Reliever Jason Isringhausen, now 38 but once hailed as part of Generation K for the New York Mets, is back with the team for the first time since 1999. Attendance averaged nearly 28,000 per game for the Pirates through the weekend, even though they are coming off a 57-105 season.