This past Saturday the Boston Red Sox went out and acquired starting pitcher Andrew Cashner from the Baltimore Orioles. In exchange Boston is sending two very young minor leaguers by the names of Elio Prado and Noelberth Romero.
Cashner, 32, has spent his 10-year-career with multiple teams. He was first drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft but was eventually moved to the San Diego Padres in a straight up swap of him and now all-star first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Cashner spent four-and-a-half seasons in San Diego, but has also played for the Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles. Now Cashner has the task of pitching at Fenway Park.
Overall Cashner has been a solid starter in his career. He has flashed potential at times but has never been able to really put it together. If you look at his career year-by-year, you can see how inconsistent he has been.
Despite the real lack of consistency, Cashner has been really good this year and should slide right into Boston’s fifth rotation spot. I still don’t know why they wouldn’t put Eovaldi there after campaigning the fact that he is a starter all offseason, but I digress. So far in 2019, Cashner has been astounding for a terrible Baltimore team. The former TCU Horned Frog sports a 3.83 ERA with a 9-3 record. I’m usually not a big win and loss guy for starters, but when I see Cashner has 9 of the O’s 28 wins, it shows me has done his best at keeping them in the game. That’s the type of starter the Red Sox need right now, especially with both Chris Sale and Rick Porcello scuffling.
All in all I like the move by the Sox. They add depth to a thin rotation, gave up very minimal, and acquired a guy that knows how to pitch in the American League East after a season and a half in Baltimore. This will be Cashner’s first real experience playing on a winning Major League Baseball team so it will interesting to see how he responds, but regardless Cashner will be a big upgrade over the Hector Velasquez, Brian Johnson, Ryan Weber’s of the world that have been starting games for the 2018 champions.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)