Baltimore Orioles interested in Andrew Cashner
Are the Baltimore Orioles going to trade for Andrew Cashner?
The one glaring deficiency in the Baltimore Orioles’ off season thus far has been pitching. However that could soon change if you believe MLB Trade Rumors, who’s reporting that the Birds are interested in perhaps trading with San Diego for pitcher Andrew Cashner. It’s unclear what it would take in return for the O’s to land Cashner, who has one year left on his contract.
Over six years in the big leagues (two with the Chicago Cubs and four with San Diego), Cashner has a 26-42 record and an ERA of 3.59. Those aren’t exactly the greatest numbers on earth for sure, however in fairness he hasn’t always had the best teams behind him either. He had very solid ERA’s in 2014-15, of 3.09 and 2.55 respectively.
The Conroe, TX native and Texas Christian University alum is also a pending free agent after the season. He settled on a $7.15 contract with San Diego for 2016 earlier this off season. So there’s a chance that he might come fairly cheap for the Orioles, who have a plethora of outfielders in the organization as it stands now.
At this point Cashner is just a name in whom the Orioles appear to be interested. This is not to say that they haven’t actively looked for more pitching this off season, however other teams have been hell bent on getting Kevin Gausman in return. Speaking for myself the audacity of that would kind of tick me of if I were Dan Duquette…
…first off if the goal is to get more pitching why would the Orioles trade a pitcher? Secondly, asking for a team’s top young pitcher is exactly as I described it above: audacious. But I suppose other teams’ attitudes are that there’s no harm in asking – save for coming across as shameless.
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My concern with Cashner would be what his numbers look like in a hitter’s park like Camden Yards. He’s been playing in San Diego, which is a pitcher’s park. However he might also be a guy that could use a change of air, and presumably if the Orioles are interested in him they’ve done their homework on him.
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In saying that, I mean that it stands to reason that he’d fit in with the other players and in the clubhouse. That’s very important to the Orioles, as we know. He’s not a guy who will be in competition for a Cy Young award, but he might be someone with whom the Orioles could work and who could turn into a decent back-of-the-rotation starter for 2016.