There was a time not so long ago, when looking ahead to what we always knew was going to be a weak free agent class, that Andrew Cashner’s name popped up near the top of the “well, at least there are a few interesting starting pitchers” list.
Then 2016 happened, a 5.25/4.84/4.63 ERA/FIP/xFIP wreck of a season split between the Padres and Marlins. Cashner, who only just turned 30, would seem to still have a big league future, but very serious questions exist about whether he can get back to being an effective starter.
For that reason, then, Cashner won’t be getting a long-term contract in free agency, and instead it looks like he’ll be taking a one-year prove-it deal with the Rangers:
Sources: #Rangers close to signing free-agent RHP Andrew Cashner.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 18, 2016
Looks like it's done at one-year and $10 million for Cashner…Long been on the Rangers radar screen
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) November 18, 2016
We’ll see how it works out for Cashner and the Rangers, who certainly have rotation needs. Perhaps that’s why Cashner chose a one-year deal with Texas, where he might have a longer leash in the rotation before being punted to the bullpen.
The Cubs were not rumored to be involved with Cashner, either as a starter or reliever, so there’s no direct connection here, other than another arm off the market.
Instead, the main connection here will forever be the trade that sent Cashner to the Padres from the Cubs, and netted the Cubs the two-time fourth-place MVP, Anthony Rizzo.