Andrew Cashner Signs with Baltimore Orioles

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 13: Andrew Cashner #54 of the Texas Rangers throws in the first inningagainst the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 13, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andrew Cashner

Veteran starter Andrew Cashner has signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles for two years and a total of $16 million.

Andrew Cashner Signs With Baltimore Orioles

Cashner’s Career Profile

Drafted in the first round by the Chicago Cubs with the 19th overall selection in the 2008 June Amateur Draft, Cashner would make his MLB debut in 2010 for the Cubs. He would play two years for the Cubs, assembling a 4.29 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched. On January 6th, 2012, Cashner became part of a trade that helped the Cubs build their current core. Cashner, along with left fielder Kyung-Min Na, was traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for first baseman Anthony Rizzo and pitcher Zach Cates. After being a reliever for much of his time in Chicago, Cashner settled into a starter role in San Diego. In his time in San Diego, Cashner accumulated a 3.67 ERA with 505 strikeouts in 608.2 innings pitched. Cashner would play for the Padres for five years.

On July 29th, 2016, four days before the trade deadline, Cashner would be traded again. In this massive deal, Cashner, along with pitchers Colin Rea and Tayron Guerrero, were traded to the Miami Marlins. The Padres acquired pitchers Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps, and Luis Castillo, as well as first baseman Josh Naylor in the deal. In a big twist, due to Rea’s health, Rea and Castillo would be traded back to their respective teams. After playing out the rest of the year in Miami, Cashner would sign a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers for $10 million. Cashner has a career ERA of 3.80 with 505 strikeouts in 893 innings pitched.

The Impact Of The Signing

The Orioles add a pitcher who is willing to come out of the bullpen, even though most of his career Cashner has been a starter. Cashner would also be a great presence in the clubhouse for younger players. For the Rangers, they lose a pitcher who was extremely helpful after the Yu Darvish trade. But now, Cashner will settle down for his next adventure on his new mound.

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