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Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: ANDREW CASHNER INKS TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH ORIOLES

Always on the lookout for affordable pitching to complement their annually potent bats, the Baltimore Orioles inked free agent veteran pitcher Andrew Cashner on Thursday to a two-year deal worth $16 million.  It is a decent haul for Cashner who capitalized on a very solid 2017 campaign that shocked many when he pitched to a 3.40 ERA and won 11 games for the Texas Rangers.  Alas, Cashner had a lot of smoke-and-mirrors helping him out last season as his .266 BABIP was very lucky and when adjusted, resulted in much more ugly FIP (4.61) and XFIP (5.30) ERA's.  Those latter two marks were much more indicative of the type of pitcher Cashner is as he no longer is the hard-thrower he was when he first arrived on the major league scene with the San Diego Padres and his 4.64 K/9 rate a year ago was completely laughable.  Having such a pathetic K/9 rate means Cashner has zero margin for error and needs a ton of BABIP luck again to even be a help in ERA and WHIP.  Throw in the fact he will be operating in the toughest division in baseball in the AL East and there are more than enough reasons to avoid Cashner completely in 2018 fantasy drafts.  In fact, we would be leery of Cashner even in AL-only formats given his utter lack of K's and the reality that things could go very wrong this season.


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