Ruben Amaro “covets” Andrew Cashner

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro “covets” Padres starter Andrew Cashner. Handy, of course, given that the Padres are one of the teams said to be interested in trading for Cole Hamels.

It would take more than Cashner, though. He’s pretty spiffy when he’s pitching, but he has struggled to stay healthy. Still, the 28-year-old right-hander has a 2.96 ERA in 51 starts while holding opponents to a .234 batting average since becoming a full-time stater.