Andrew Cashner is taking his talents to the American League.
Yahoo Sports is reporting the Cashner’s stay in Miami is over as he has signed a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers for $10 million.
TR Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting the deal leaves Derek Holland convinced he won't be back and the Rangers haven't been in contact with Colby Lewis.
While the move was expected, as the Marlins had little chance of keeping Cashner after acquiring him at the trade deadline from the San Diego Padres, it still leaves many questions as to how Miami will solve its rotation issues. The market for a front-line pitcher is slim at best this offseason.
Cashner started 2016 pitching for the San Diego Padres, racking up a 4.76 ERA in 79.1 innings. The Rangers had been interested in him at the 2016 trade deadline, but he ended up going to the Miami Marlins instead. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the best second-half with the fish. He started 11 games, pitching to a 5.98 ERA in 52.2 innings. With those stats, it’s not clear whether the Rangers plan to use him in the starting rotation or the bullpen.
It is believed one of the contributing factors to Cashner leaving south Florida was the club’s no facial hair policy. The former Padre shaved off his beard upon arriving in Miami, but was outspoken about it when asked if he would re-sign with the team in the offseason.
He told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Marlins’ no-facial hair policy would be a key factor in where he’d go during free agency.