The Padres could be trading starting pitcher Andrew Cashner in the very near future. I’d say it’s scheduled to happen soon-ish, maybe a quarter past soon. Last night it was strangely thrilling to read Jon Morosi’s tweet that Cashner could be traded within 24 hours. That leaves us so little time to say goodbye.
Cashner was originally supposed to pitch Wednesday’s game, but with the rain out and subsequent double header, the team decided to push him back to today, hoping to trade him while he’s on an extremely short hot streak.
It would seem that the Padres want to strike while the iron is hot, while Cashner’s value is at its highest since he’s had basically one good start this season and it was last one against San Francisco. On July 15th, he threw 6 strong innings, giving up 4 hits and one earned run with 9 strikeouts.
Unfortunately now it sounds like Cashner will start tonight in St. Louis, according to Ken Rosenthal. I’m afraid what will happen to his trade value after Jedd Gyorko is through with him.
#Padres expect Cashner to pitch tomorrow night in St. Louis; one source said, “99.9 percent nothing will happen” before then.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 21, 2016
It sounds like the Orioles and Marlins are most likely to land the mulleted pitcher, but the Rangers and possibly the Royals may still be interested.
The Rangers are one such club and have been in contact with the Padres about the Texas native. Others linked to Cashner include the Miami Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles. With those teams pushing to make the playoffs, the Padres' willingness to target prospects in the lower levels of the minor leagues could help facilitate an exchange.
When Cashner is gone, we’ll only have memories of his trade that took Anthony Rizzo from us and a minor league prospect as keepsakes.