According to reports, The Miami Marlins have finalized a trade for San Diego Padres starter Andrew Cashner. However it is believed that it will cost Miami several of their prospects, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. The Marlins (55-47) are five games back of the NL East leading Washington Nationals (59-42). They are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals (55-47) for the final Wild Card spot. With Marlins pitcher, Wei-Yin Chen, heading to the 15-day disabled list, it only reinforces the need for another starting pitcher.
Sources: The Marlins, who have been looking for rotation depth, have an agreement in place to acquire Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 29, 2016
UPDATE: The full trade sees the Marlins land a pair of starters. They get right-handed starters Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea as well as righty reliever Tayron Guerrero from the Padres. In exchange, Miami is sending right-hander Jarred Cosart, top first base prospect Josh Naylor, minor league righty Luis Castillo and injured reliever Carter Capps, to San Diego. Capps underwent Tommy John Surgery earlier this year.
Miami Marlins Trade For Starting Pitcher Andrew Cashner
As long as the Marlins have Jose Fernandez, who is clearly the ace of this pitching staff, then there’s no reason for the Marlins to acquire another starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation. The Marlins only need someone who can provide a little security at the back end of the rotation. One name that keeps popping up and making the rounds is Andrew Cashner of the San Diego Padres.
Cashner, 29, is currently having a sub par season for the Padres. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know of the right-hander. He’s had a career that has been up and down at best. For the season, Cashner owns a record of 4-7, while posting an ERA of 4.79 in 79.1 innings pitched. But like a lot of players, perhaps a change of scenery and the excitement of a new team could be just what Cashner needs.
Cashner is playing some of his best baseball with the trade deadline just days away. In his last 19.2 innings pitched, Cashner has only allowed five earned runs, while striking out 23 batters. Andrew Cashner was the main prospect in a trade that sent Anthony Rizzo to the Chicago Cubs. Cashner has an ERA of 3.66 in the five years with the Padres, and playing at Petco Park probably had something to do with that.
Other Rumored Targets
Multiple reports have the Marlins expressing a real desire in upgrading their starting rotation. The list of pitchers that have been linked to the Marlins include Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Ervin Santana, Sonny Gray, Chris Archer and Andrew Cashner.
The one name that keeps coming up, however, is Andrew Cashner of the San Diego Padres. Late last night, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported (via Twitter) that teams who’ve been eyeing Cashner wanted to see him pitch one more time. The right-hander started this past Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite the Padres losing 7-6 in 12 innings, Cashner pitched quite well. He pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out six.
As of right now, the Marlins starting rotation consists of staff ace Jose Fernandez (12-4, 2.54), Adam Conley (7-5, 3.38), Wei-Yin Chen (5-4, 4.99), Tom Kochler (8-8, 4.18) and Jose Urena (1-2, 5.34). With the postseason in reach for the Miami Marlins, it could be a wise move for them to add another starter.