Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes that the Rangers are interested in trading for a starting pitcher and Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner “remains the top target.”
Cashner is from Texas and went to college at TCU. He also has two seasons of team control remaining before free agency, which is what the Rangers are looking for in a starter. And the Padres’ new general manager, A.J. Preller, was formerly Rangers general manager Jon Daniels’ assistant.
Cashner has struggled to stay healthy and his win-loss records haven’t been pretty in large part because the Padres’ lineup can’t score any runs, but since shifting to the rotation full time he has a 2.96 ERA in 51 starts while holding opponents to a .234 batting average.