Andrew Cashner is coming off a season of mixed results. He posted a 3.40 ERA and racked up 4.6 wins above replacement according to Baseball Reference, but he also continued to deal with injuries and had the second-lowest strikeout rate of qualified starting pitchers.
That ERA and WAR total points towards a breakout, especially for a guy who was below-replacement for the last two years. On the other hand, the other numbers leave room for skepticism and injuries continue to bother Cashner.
MLB Trade Rumors predicts Cashner will sign a two-year, $20 million contract this offseason. However, with how slow the free-agent market is developing, Cashner and other starters may be forced to sign a cheaper or shorter contract than they would like. This would be ideal for the Phils as they are hesitant to drop lots of money on a starter, especially on one with as much uncertainty as Cashner.