Cubs agree to 1-year contract with pitcher Trevor Cahill

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Trevor Cahill throws in the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Laurence Kesterson/AP)

CHICAGO — Trevor Cahill and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a $4.25 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn an additional $7.5 million based on starts.

The 27-year-old right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Cubs last season after agreeing to a minor league deal on Aug. 18 and joining the big league club when rosters expanded on Sept. 1.

Cahill broke into the majors with Oakland in 2009 and won 18 games while making the All-Star team the following year. He is 65-72 with a 4.13 ERA in 212 appearances — 173 starts — with Oakland (2009-11), Arizona (2012-14), Atlanta (2015) and the Cubs.

Cahill would earn $750,000 for 18 starts, $1 million for 21, $1.25 million for 24 and $1.5 million apiece for 27, 29 and 31.

He can make $700,000 based on relief appearances: $100,000 for 60, $150,000 for 65, $200,000 for 70 and $250,000 for 75. In addition, he can made $300,000 for 25 games finished.

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