It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to add to their starting pitching depth.
Dealin’ Dave Dombrowski is back at it for the Boston Red Sox. This afternoon, he made a deal with the Baltimore Orioles to acquire starting pitcher, Andrew Cashner, and cash considerations in exchange for two minor league prospects.
#RedSox have acquired RHP Andrew Cashner and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league INF Noelberth Romero and minor league OF Elio Prado. Boston’s 40-man roster is now at 40.— Guerin Austin (@guerinaustin) July 13, 2019
As I mentioned yesterday, Dave Dombrowski was going to add a starting pitcher…and soon. Personally, the Red Sox had better options available, though it has been made very clear that they’d like to retain as much of their farm system depth as possible.
In regards to a return, the Red Sox gave up nothing worth mentioning. Neither of the mentioned prospects were ranked among any platform’s top prospects, not even cracking SoxProspects’ top sixty list within the Boston system. Both Romero and Prado are a mere 17 years old, and may develop into Major League players, but as for now they are largely unknowns. Andrew Cashner is not a rental, as he’s under contract next season as well, and is in the midst of a re-defining season for his career.
Cashner has posted a 3.83 ERA this season and has been supported by one of the worst surrounding casts in all of baseball. He’s largely able to deep in games, as he’s pitched under 6 innings in 7 of his 17 outings, which would bode well for the Red Sox as Hector Velazquez and Brian Johnson have struggled to reach that threshold.
In summation, there were better options out there on the open market; however the return for Andrew Cashner was nothing to write home about. In this case, the Red Sox are hoping that this acquisition will provide them with a steady back-end-of-the-rotation starter that has a proven track record of reliability. The Orioles’ starter was one of my least favorite options, though for the price, Red Sox fans should be alright with this acquisition and maintain a “wait and see” approach.
There’s no reason to believe that this is a major acquisition, but don’t count on Dave Dombrowski being done just yet. Boston’s bullpen needs reinforcements, don’t be surprised to see another move pulled off in the coming days, or weeks.