The A's announced they would entertain offers for anyone but Jemile Weeks this offseason, and they weren't joking.
Oakland pulled the trigger Friday afternoon on a trade that sent their young starting pitcher Trevor Cahill, relief pitcher Craig Breslow and cash considerations to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced in a press release.
In return, the A's receive right-handed pitcher Jarrod Parker, outfielder Collin Cowgill, and right-handed pitcher Ryan Cook.
"Cowgill is a scrappy player with gap power," said Comcast SportsNet MLB analyst Shooty Babitt. "Parker has a chance to be middle of the rotation guy."
The trade picked up momentum all day as pieces fell into place.
The A's receive three players with minimal MLB service as they retool for the future.
Parker, 23, underwent Tommy John surgery late in 2009. He started one game for the Diamondbacks last season, throwing 5.2 innings of four-hit ball against the Brewers. Some reports indicate that the D'backs planned on Parker filling the fifth spot in the rotation in 2012.
Cowgill, 25, played in 36 games with the Diamondbacks in his first MLB season last year. He hit .239 with one home run. Billy Beane and the A's have targeted Cowgill for years now; he was originally drafted by the A's in the 29th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft, but did sign. He was then drafted by Arizona in the fifth round in 2008.
Cook, 24, appeared in 12 games for the Diamondbacks last year. He allowed six runs in seven and two thirds innings. He is a power pitcher, his fastball flirting with triple digits.
The A's part ways with two pitchers who have been key cogs to both the starting rotation and bullpen.
Cahill, 23, is 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA in his first three MLB seasons with Oakland. He was an All-Star in 2010, and the A's opening day starter last year.
Breslow, 31, is 11-11 with a 3.14 ERA over his three seasons with Oakland. He appeared in 67 games last year, posting a 3.79 ERA, his highest by far as an Athletic.