RHP Andrew Cashner – San Diego Padres
Andrew Cashner is the San Diego Padres’ No. 2 starter and seems to be a potential trade target for most teams looking for additional starting pitching this summer. Cashner would be cheaper than Shields because Cashner has not been as consistent over his career as a starter. Additionally, Cashner has an underwhelming 4.93 ERA so far this season. Yet, he does bring some quality skills to the table and is accustomed to being No. 2 in a starting rotation.
Typically an underachiever, Cashner brings some solid pitching to the table. He is a power pitcher, usually hitting the mid-90s consistently. His strikeout rate has remained fairly consistent over the past four seasons and he also gets a lot of ground ball outs. Despite having a 2-3 losing record this year, there is the possibility he could find success in Boston.
Additionally, as mentioned previously, San Diego would benefit from having another quality catcher who has a big bat. Swihart could be the solution for them. As of right now, the Padres seem like a good trading partner for the Red Sox.
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