SARASOTA, Fla. -- Two days into spring training, the Orioles added an accomplished starting pitcher, signing right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract.
The news was first reported by MASNsports.com and confirmed by an industry source.
The 31-year-old Cashner, who is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons, has pitched for the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Texas Rangers.
Last year, Cashner was 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA in 28 starts with the Rangers.
He'll presumably be the third confirmed starter in the Orioles' rotation, slotting behind fellow right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.
Cashner isn't much of a strikeout pitcher, fanning just 86 batters in 166.2 innings while walking 64. He allowed 15 home runs during his only season in the American League.
If Bundy, Gausman, Cashner and perhaps right-hander Miguel Castro, who the Orioles are grooming as a starter, are in the rotation, they may look to add a left-hander from outside the organization.
The team had also been looking at a reunion with right-hander Chris Tillman, who lives in Sarasota and pitched the past nine seasons with the Orioles. They had allowed Tillman to work out at their facility, and despite acknowledged interest, there's been no further word on an agreement.
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