This story has been updated since its original publication.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- For three months, the Baltimore Orioles showed interest in Andrew Cashner, and on Feb. 15,
the team signed the 31-year-old right-hander
to a two-year, $16 million contract with an option for 2020 that could be worth an additional $15 million.
Cashner, who was on hand at the Orioles' training facility, said he had begun talks with vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson in November.
In a challenging market for free agents, the team and Cashner have a deal.
"I don't think it's been difficult. It's been interesting. It's been different," Cashner said. "I met with Brady back in November, and we've had dialogue ever since. He's reached out to me, and I reached out to him, and I think the communication's been great throughout the whole process."
Cashner, who is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Texas Rangers, will return to his Texas home for a few days and expects to join the Orioles when their full squad reports Feb. 18.
He'll join fellow right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the Orioles' rotation.
"I do know that they need some starting pitching, and here it is, show up every day and whoever I can help out, help out and my job is to come here and pitch and win," Cashner said.
Cashner has pitched twice at Oriole Park, recording a 2.57 ERA in those two starts. He said he is looking forward to his new teammates and ballpark.
"It's a lineup you can't really make a lot of mistakes against," Cashner said. "It's a lot of power in there, and I got to pitch [for] San Diego one year in Baltimore. Really cool stadium, really neat, a lot of history. It's one of my favorite places to pitch, so I'm looking forward to making that my home [stadium] every night."
Manager Buck Showalter said he was pleased to add Cashner to the staff.
"He's a veteran starter," Showalter said. "That's a good deal for both us and him. Obviously, it's a need that we had. We think we have some people here that can do a job and also we want to have depth as a starting pitcher. Obviously, we've said many times how much further it goes than just five starting pitchers.
"He's a guy who's pitched well in the American League. That's something that I think played in his favor. And doing a lot of the homework on the other part of it, I think we just think it's a good all-around fit for us, and especially it's something that is a big need for us and something that's been in the works for quite a while."
The Orioles will continue looking for additional pieces for their rotation, including a left-handed starter.
On Feb. 14, Showalter listed eight possible starters for spring training games. The only left-hander was Rule 5 draft pick Nestor Cortes.
To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, the Orioles placed left-handed closer Zach Britton on the 60-day disabled list.
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