Early last week Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski said that the team would focus on getting another arm in the rotation. He wanted it to be sooner rather than later. Later is now today.
The Red Sox were linked to New York Mets Starting Pitcher Zach Wheeler all of last week. It’s a good thing that trade wasn’t actually made because Wheeler is heading to the Injured List today.
Dombrowski had to move on to plan B rather quickly and his move has been made. Baltimore Orioles Starting Pitcher Andrew Cashner is making his way to Boston via trade. Cashner was linked to the Red Sox back in 2017 when he hit free agency.
All these moves were made after the announcement that Starter Nathan Eovaldi would be moving to the bullpen.
Cashner is currently 9-3 with a 3.93 era. The new Pitcher is set to make 3.35 million the rest of this season and Boston is only on the hook for about half of that amount. This move also pushes them right up against the $246 million Luxury Tax. Ownership has been very vocal about not going over the Luxury tax.
He also has a vesting option worth $10 million for the 2020 season based upon innings pitched. He needs 90 1/3 of an inning to get his contract locked in for next season. It’s highly unlikely that the Red Sox will let him reach that number.
Unless a big move is made to free up some money, this could be the last move the Red Sox make this season.
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