The Texas Rangers signed a free agent last week. It turned out to be right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner. It is a one-year, $10 million contract.
Cashner’s record since the 2014 season is 16-34. His ERA in 2016 was 5.25 with 27 starts. In his career, he’s only had one winning season, and he’s been riddled with injuries. His career record is 31-53 in 109 starts, and his career ERA is 3.89.
In the last three years, he’s been well on the decline. Texas Ranger fans are probably unhappy with this signing. Some may say that he’s even worse than Derek Holland.
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Perhaps, the last three years have been terrible for Cashner, but maybe he should be given a fair chance to prove himself. Isn’t that why he was given a one-year deal? Obviously, the salary is too high for a player like him, but there’s no going back on that now.
Cashner has the opportunity to play in his home state of Texas, and he has one year to prove that he is a good signing. The Rangers trust him, and they believe he can be a good asset for the team.
The signing of Cashner is similar to the acquisition of A.J. Griffin.
For Griffin, he wasn’t even expected to make the main roster. Griffin hadn’t even pitched a game since 2013 coming into the off-season before last season.
Everyone had their doubts on him, and he turned to be a real asset, and he finished with a 7-4 record in 2016. Yu Darvish was still hurt, there was one spot open in the rotation, and Griffin earned it.
And now with Holland very likely to sign somewhere else, Cashner has the opportunity to earn a spot in the rotation.
The man deserves a chance.