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The Boston Red Sox added a starting pitcher Saturday, acquiring veteran right-hander Andrew Cashner in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles will receive minor leaguers Noelberth Romero and Elio Prado, along with cash considerations in the deal.
It’s the first notable deal of MLB’s trade season. Unlike past seasons, there will only be one trade deadline in 2019. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET on July 31 to complete trades.
It’s expected the next 18 days, and especially those final days leading up to the deadline, will be action packed.
Red Sox fill a rotation need
The Red Sox uneven pitching staff contributed to them being among MLB’s biggest disappointments during the first half. The addition of Cashner, who’s made 182 starts over 10 MLB seasons, gives them an experienced option that should provide an upgrade over Boston’s other options for the No. 5 starter.
The 32-year-old right-hander had been a bright spot in the Orioles struggling rotation this season. Through 17 starts, he’s 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA.
Andrew Cashner will start on Tuesday
This is notable news mainly because just a few weeks ago Cashner indicated he might consider sitting out the remainder of the season if the Orioles elected to trade him to a contender.
At the time, Cashner said he wished he had a no-trade clause because he’d found happiness playing in Baltimore. He liked the city. He loved his coaches and teammates. And he had no desire to leave.
Apparently, Boston is one of the landing spots that excited him.
Cashner’s Red Sox debut will come Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. He’s faced Toronto twice this season, allowing just one earned run over 13 innings.
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