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.
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.