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Orioles beef up rotation after signing Andrew Cashner

Andrew Cashner Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million deal. The deal also includes a $10 million option for 2020. The Orioles needed some help in the rotation and Cashner could fit in well. He stays in the American League and should settle in nicely in Baltimore. In eight MLB seasons, Cashner has a 42-64 record with a 3.80 era. The deal is slightly less than the $10 million that Cashner made with the Rangers in 2017, but performance incentives can push his new contract higher than his previous.

The righty has had somewhat of a rollercoaster of a career in the MLB, but he pitched solid last year for the Texas Rangers, where he went 11-11 with a 3.40 era. Besides last season, the Conroe, TX native had his best season in 2013 with the San Diego Padres. In that year, Cashner went 10-9 with a 3.09 era. He also won the Clyde McCullough Award, an award given to the Padres top pitcher that season as well. Injuries have hampered his career in the past, but Cashner brings a nice set of tools to the table as well. He’s a hard-throwing pitcher that can hit triple digits occasionally with his four-seam fastball. Last year, he toned down the heat and worked in becoming a complete pitcher. But the heat is still there when he needs it.

Adding Andrew Cashner to the rotation will help out the Orioles tremendously. Baltimore finished 27th last year in baseball with a 4.97 team era. Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman¬†are sound in the rotation, but both gave up their fair share of runs. The potential is there, but the Orioles need a little more consistency on the mound if they’re going to compete in the AL East. Cashner will contribute nicely with that strategy. Pitching at Camden yards can be tough, but the Orioles seem to have found the man who can do the job. Cashner pitched two games in Baltimore last season and performed well in both starts. As another top pitcher comes off free agency, there’s still a few other big names still waiting to reach a deal.