Phillies: Low Cost Starting Pitching Options in Free Agency

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Apr 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) follows through on a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres defeated the Phillies 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) follows through on a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres defeated the Phillies 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Flamethrowing right hander – Andrew Cashner (Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Flamethrowing right hander – Andrew Cashner (Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports) /

Andrew Cashner, Miami Marlins

Cashner was a highly regarded prospect due to his blistering fastball, which could frequently hit the upper-90s. After sustaining injuries to his neck and hamstring, we’ve seen Cashner’s velocity (and performance) dip over the past two seasons.

Keep in mind that as recently as 2014, Cashner posted an ERA of 2.55. Should the Phillies fail to re-sign Hellickson, Cashner would not be a poor second choice. Despite a history of getting hurt, Cashner features exactly the kind of upside the Phillies are looking for.

If he can pitch to his potential, at least up to the All Star break, there will be a plethora of contending teams eager to pick him up. Or maybe he goes full on ace-status, as the Padres hoped he would when they gave up Anthony Rizzo for him.

In that case, the Phils would be wise to hold onto him. Whether he thrives or flops, he won’t cost the team much regardless.

Projected Offer – 1 year/$10 million

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