“The deal also includes a vesting option for the 2020 season worth $10 million, the source told ESPN. The option will vest if Cashner pitches 340 innings combined in 2018-19. If he throws 360 innings combined in 2018-2019, it becomes a player option.”
This certainly isn’t the first time Cashner has been on the move to a different team as in his eight-year career Cashner has played on the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, and now the Orioles.
In Cashner’s seven years pitching in the majors he has racked up 893 innings pitched, with 694 strikeouts, and a career ERA of 3.80. Cashner’s numbers may not be of an MLB ace but he provides hope to a fan base who has been angry at the Orioles for their lack of interest in partaking in the free agency market.
Cashner is an exciting pickup but the Orioles track record with free agent starting pitchers hasn’t been great the past few years, as the list includes Ubaldo Jimenez and Yovani Gallardo who were duds, to say the least. Hopefully, Cashner performs well but at least his signing is the step in the right direction for the Orioles.