Baltimore Orioles: 3 Starting Pitching Options to Revive Rotation for 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Miguel Gonzalez
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2ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 30: Andrew Cashner
2ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 30: Andrew Cashner /

3. Andrew Cashner, LHP

The 31-year-old Andrew Cashner is a name that has surfaced often in Orioles rumors over the past few seasons and expected to continue as we gear up for the 2017-18 MLB offseason.

Cashner accumulated 11 wins in his first season with the Texas Rangers and kept his season ERA under four runs the entire season, a feat that no Orioles starting pitcher could accomplish in 2017.

Another area where Cashner can provide relief for the Orioles rotation is quality starts. Last season, Cashner led the Rangers baseball team with 18 quality starts and more than any Orioles starter with the exception 19 quality starts from Orioles ace pitcher Dylan Bundy.

In 2017, the veteran pitcher relied heavily on his 94 mph four-seam fastball and a sinker with a 12-6 movement that registers at 93mph.  Among Cashner’s two prime pitches, he also sprinkles in three other pitches including a change, cutter and curve pitch.

At a relatively young age among the free agent starting pitchers this offseason, Cashner may be the most valuable pitcher of them all. The Orioles would benefit from a consistent pitcher that not only delivers quality starts but also gives you his team a chance to win night in and night out.

Other notable 2018 MLB free agent starting pitchers comprise of aging players like C.C. Sabathia, John Lackey, Matt Garza Jhoulys Chacin, Lance Lynn, Yu Darvish, and Doug Fister.

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In the field of starters also contains the Baltimore Orioles fifth-round selection in the 2007 draft and 2016 Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.