By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox have found their starter depth ahead of the 2019 trade deadline. They announced on Saturday that they’ve acquired veteran right-hander Andrew Cashner from the Baltimore Orioles along with cash considerations.
Minor league infielder Noelberth Romero and outfielder Elio Prado will head to Baltimore to complete the trade. Cashner arrives in Boston having put together one of his more productive seasons as a major leaguer, posting a 3.83 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 17 starts. He’s also earned a 9-3 record despite pitching for the lowly Orioles, who are 28-64 on the season entering Sunday.
Cashner has also been pitching extremely well since the start of June, in particular. Over his last five starts, Cashner is 4-1 with a dominant 1.41 ERA, allowing just 19 hits and 4 walks in 32 innings. He won’t strike a ton of people out, but the Red Sox would certainly take the kind of production he’s put out in recent weeks however he can get it.
The trade deadline takes place on July 31. With Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski having already acquired the pitching help he was reported to be seeking, it’ll be interesting to see if he looks to add any more depth to the Sox’ staff, especially in the bullpen.
For now, Cashner will replace Nathan Eovaldi in the rotation. The latter is expected to be inserted into the closer role upon his return to the Red Sox.
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