D-backs to acquire Cahill

By Steve Gilbert and Jane Lee

The A’s and D-backs are closing in on a deal that will send right-hander Trevor Cahill and lefty reliever Craig Breslow to Arizona, MLB.com learned on Friday.

In return, Oakland is expected to receive prized pitching prospect Jarrod Parker and outfielder Collin Cowgill, baseball sources confirmed. Another player could also be heading Oakland’s way in the multi-player package.

Cahill, who would fortify an already strong D-backs rotation, is owed $29 million over the next four years in a deal that also includes two club options. Oakland’s decision to move the 23-year-old only further represents their latest attempt at a rebuild while they wait word on a new stadium.

After a career 2010 season, which included an 18-8 record and 2.97 ERA, Cahill took a downturn in 2011, collecting a 12-14 mark and 4.16 ERA. However, he made a career-high 34 starts and has made at least 30 starts in each of his three big league seasons.

The 31-year-old Breslow is arbitration-eligible and has served as one of the game’s best left-handed relievers over the past three seasons, most recently putting together a 3.79 ERA in 69 games this season.

By reeling in Parker, a first-round Draft pick in 2007, the A’s get what’s considered to be Arizona’s top prospect. Following rehab from his 2010 Tommy John surgery, the 23-year-old right-hander posted an 11-8 record and 3.79 ERA for Arizona’s Double-A club this year.

Cowgill, meanwhile, batted .354 with 13 home runs and 70 RBIs in 98 games at the Triple-A level. He appeared in 36 contests with Arizona, hitting .239 with one homer and nine RBIs.

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