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The Boston Red Sox have acquired RHP Andrew Cashner and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for INF Noelberth Romero and OF Elio Prado.
The Red Sox need a fifth starter, as when Nathan Eovaldi returns from the IL, they plan to use him as their closer, as they need bullpen arms. With Eovaldi in the bullpen, the team needed a fifth starter. They get that in Cashner. Cashner has had success on a terrible Orioles team this season, which is a good sign. He has won nine games this season. The Orioles have won 27 games. They were rumored to be interested in Zach Wheeler, who has a higher ERA than Cashner. Also, they get a starter and don\’t give up a top 30 prospect, especially Jarren Duran, their 9th best prospect per MLB Pipeline, who has been rumored in trades, and could be dealt for a reliever.
Cashner, 32, has a 3.83 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 96.1 innings for the Orioles this season. In his MLB career for the Orioles, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs, Cashner has a 4.00 ERA with 859 strikeouts in 1142.1 innings.
The Orioles have the least amount of wins in the MLB (27), most amount of losses (63), and are the most amount of games back (31.5). It is very clear that they are once again sellers. They don\’t have to talent to sell as they did last year, trading Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach, Zack Britton and Darren O\’Day. Cashner will be a free agent after this season, and his good season made it likely he would be dealt. Other players with multiple years left like Trey Mancini, Jonathan Villar, Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens could be traded as well. In return, they get two seventeen year olds from the Dominican Summer League. The Orioles are trading for guys that wouldn\’t be in the majors for a while, because, well…. they won\’t be good for a while.
Romero, 17, has a .264 batting average with two homers, 13 RBIs and two stolen bases in 123 Plate Appearances in the Dominican Summer League. Despite the fact that he is six feet tall, he is listed at just 145 pounds.
Prado, 17, is hitting .303 with three homers, 26 RBIs and nine stolen bases in the Dominican Summer League. He is also considered underweight, as he is also 6\’0 and 160 pounds.