Red Sox Free Agency: Three former pitchers to sign for a discount

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BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 06: Andrew Cashner #48 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on August 6, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

#3: Andrew Cashner

The first guest we’re going to visit with here on Free-Agent Island spent the second half of the 2019 season with the Red Sox. Andrew Cashner was a right-hander that showed lots of promise while with the Orioles but that didn’t last long.

His 9-3 start for Baltimore would evaporate damn near the moment he put on that Red Sox hat. Though there were glimpses of what got him off to that fast start, they were few and far between after the trade. Dave Dombrowski brought him in as a cheap arm to get the rotation through their injury woes and he succeeded at the task.

Boston declined any extension talks as the season progressed and the Cash-Man hit the free-agent market. Months into the offseason and it seems as if his phone has been silent, giving the Sox a chance at bringing him back.

I’m sure the Fenway Faithful wouldn’t be the most thrilled with bringing the righty back but with few options and no money, the team doesn’t have many moves to make. He made $9.5M for 2019 with $9.42M of that being covered by the O’s, so his wages aren’t anything that would kill the budget.

If Boston wants to be fiscally responsible while giving Alex Cora another pitcher to call on, they may be able to make a deal that appeases both sides. Also, Cashner has one of the best mullets in the game and a little bit of that attitude may serve the team well in 2020.