Andrew Cashner reportedly signs one-year deal with Rangers

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Beardless <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/8627/" data-ylk="slk:Andrew Cashner">Andrew Cashner</a> pitching for the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/mia/" data-ylk="slk:Miami Marlins">Miami Marlins</a>. (Getty Images)
Beardless Andrew Cashner pitching for the Miami Marlins. (Getty Images)

It looks like the Texas Rangers have finally gotten their man. The team has reportedly signed right handed starter Andrew Cashner to a one-year deal worth $10 million.

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Cashner started 2016 pitching for the San Diego Padres, racking up a 4.76 ERA in 79.1 innings. The Rangers had been interested in him at the 2016 trade deadline, but he ended up going to the Miami Marlins instead. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the best second-half with the fish. He started 11 games, pitching to a 5.98 ERA in 52.2 innings. With those stats, it’s not clear whether the Rangers plan to use him in the starting rotation or the bullpen.

So Cashner, a Texas native who went to Texas Christian University, is headed home. And even better? He’ll finally be able to grow his beard back. Yes, facial hair was an important issue to him as he considered his options in the offseason. He told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Marlins’ no-facial hair policy would be a key factor in where he’d go during free agency.

Cashner said “I still hate” the Marlins’ no-beard rule and “that is a big deal to me in free agency.”

Grow that beard back, Andrew. Your facial hair is finally free!

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