BALTIMORE—How badly do the Orioles want Andrew Cashner? And should they want him?
The Orioles have been linked with Cashner, a 29-year-old right-hander since last offseason. Cashner has been with the San Diego Padres for five seasons, and has a 28-43 record, but with a 3.67 ERA.
Cashner’s ERA in San Diego’s spacious Petco Park is an outstanding 2.78. Away from home, it’s nearly two runs per game higher.
Over the last two seasons, Cashner is 10-23, and yet to use a favorite Buck Showalter expression, he’s highly coveted.
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Houston, Miami, San Francisco, Texas and Toronto are other teams that have supposedly been interested in him.
Last week, the Orioles proposed trade of Ubaldo Jimenez and two minor league pitching prospects for Melvin Upton, Jr. collapsed, and according to an industry source, it’s highly unlikely that the Padres and Orioles can put a deal for Cashner together.
Besides is Cashner a major improvement over the Orioles current fifth starter, Vance Worley? Perhaps not.
With the nonwaiver trading deadline still four days away, the Padres seem eager to move him, but it’s probably in their best interest to wait as close to the deadline as possible to extract the best deal in a market that’s extraordinarily low on quality starting pitchers.
BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.
Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.
In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.
Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.
The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.
Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.
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BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.
Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year.
Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him.
In a post next a photo of his new jersey, Gausman wrote: "Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams -- being a pitcher just like him."
Gausman concluded: "The loss of Roy is tragic and saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved."
Halladay died on Nov. 7 when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He played 16 big league seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in each league and being named an All-Star eight times.