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Report: Orioles sign Andrew Cashner to two-year, $16 million deal

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Roch Kubatko reports that the Baltimore Orioles are signing starter Andrew Cashner to a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $16 million. No word if there are incentives to the deal to make it richer.

UPDATE: Yes, there are incentives. The deal includes a $10 million vesting option for a third season if Cashner pitches 340 innings over the next two years. If he reaches 360 innings it becomes a player option. In addition, Cashner can earn $5 million in incentives in each guaranteed season and another $5 million in the third season, likely based on innings as well. In total, Cashner can earn $41 million over three seasons if all options and incentives are activated.

Cashner enjoyed a superficially fine year overall in 2017, going 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA (128 ERA+). His June was an absolute disaster, but he was solid most of the rest of the year. One has to wonder, though, if he can maintain his success given that his strikeout rate plummeted to a career low 4.6/9IP, which is not what you want from a starter in this era. He rated pretty poorly in most advanced metrics as well, suggesting that he’s due for a regression.

Still, given the state of the Orioles’ rotation, Cashner likely represents an upgrade.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.