Texas Rangers: Recapping Andrew Cashner’s 2017 Season

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 05: Andrew Cashner (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 05: Andrew Cashner (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Andrew Cashner’s 2017 turned out to be okay. Turns out the Texas Rangers’ investment in Cashner was not a waste after all. The Rangers bestowed their trust and confidence in Cashner and he did his best to make the most of his golden opportunity.

On November 21st, 2016, the Texas Rangers signed Cashner to a one-year, $10 million deal. Cashner’s goal was to revive what’s been a sinking Titanic of a career. He wanted to rectify all the mediocrity he’s been through. Cashner was given the opportunity to play professional baseball not far from where he played collegiate baseball at Texas Christian University. He had no plans to disappoint the Rangers organization and waste his opportunity.

Cashner finished with an 11-11 record. His eleven wins is a career-high and it’s only the second time in his career where he’s won at least ten games during a season. He finished with a 3.40 ERA, which is his best since 2014. While his win-loss record looks shaky, Cashner performed well overall.

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Cashner’s 2017 was quite a ride. Going 0-2 in April, falling to 0-3 and being 3-7 at the end of June. Cashner’s presence on the team was becoming more and more comedic.

However, things began to change for Cashner. In July, Cashner turned it around and went 3-1 that month, going on to finish each month of the rest of the season with a winning record. Going 8-4 after falling 3-7 is a great accomplishment for Cashner.

Cashner deserves to stay in Arlington. While he’s not an ace, he’s a pitcher worth keeping. No doubt, he’s looking to sign a long-term deal as it’s very unlikely he’ll accept another one-year deal.

It’s unclear if the Rangers have plans to begin talks with Cashner to work out a new deal. However, there’s no doubt the Rangers are impressed with Cashner’s efforts this season. Re-signing Cashner should be an off-season objective for the franchise.