Rangers Agree To Terms With Andrew Cashner

In the later morning hours of Friday, Jon Daniels and the Texas Rangers agreed to a contract with former San Diego Padres/Miami Marlins right-hander, Andrew Cashner.

The terms of the contract come at a very low risk to the Rangers – Cashner will play in 2016 for 1-year at $10 million, reported Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The just-turned-30-year-old has always been of interest to Texas, partly because of his ties to the area and partly because of his velocity and upside. Cashner is Texas Christian University Alumni as well.

Cashner’s stats suggest that he has underperformed for most of his career. Originally part of the Chicago Cubs system, he spent the bulk of his career in San Diego before being traded to Miami in the middle of last season. Primarily a starter, Cashner also has relief experience, including 28 games last year.

His best season came in 2013, pitching in 31 games, 26 as a starter, going 10-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 175 innings pitched. He’s struggled with injuries in past seasons, including a shoulder injury that derailed most of his 2014. Last season, he was sidelined twice – once with a hamstring strain in May, followed quickly by a neck strain in June. Coupled with a lack of run support as a result of pitching for teams in San Diego and Miami that aren’t hitter-friendly, Cashner has never consistently been the front line starter he was expected to be.

The Conroe, Texas native comes to the Rangers as they are potentially losing Derek Holland and Colby Lewis to Free Agency. With the money the Rangers saved by buying out Holland’s contract, they bought Cashner’s services and are essentially replacing the lefty in their rotation with a righty that has a better career line. The Rangers are also banking on the fact that Cashner is a good candidate for a rebound year in Texas before he goes into a stronger Free Agent market next year. It seems like a safer bet than asking Holland to try to live up to the long-standing expectations placed on him during his time in Texas.

Cashner brings a fastball that lives in the mid-90s and a very good breaking ball. He’s coming off a 2016 season with San Diego and Miami where he went 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA in 132 innings and a 1.530 WHIP, but his career line is what the Rangers hope to get from him. In 7 years, Cashner sports a 3.89 ERA, 1.319 WHIP, 7.5 K/9 and a 2.38 K/BB ratio.

With 40-man rosters due today, this puts the Rangers at 38 players currently. Look for one more to be added before the day is over.

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