Andrew Cashner wins arbitration case against Padres

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According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, right-hander Andrew Cashner has won his arbitration case against the Padres and will make a $2.4 million salary this season.

Cashner, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, was offered $2.275 million by the Padres when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The two sides went to a hearing yesterday and a three-person panel of arbitrators ultimately ruled in the player’s favor.

Held back by injuries early on in his career, the hard-throwing Cashner showed real signs of promise last season by posting a 3.09 ERA and 128/47 K/BB ratio in 175 innings over 26 starts and five relief appearances. The 27-year-old is one of the reasons why the Padres are being mentioned as a possible sleeper team for 2014.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.