The San Diego Padres have been shopping around Andrew Cashner over the last few weeks and the Miami Marlins are one team that has shown interest. As of last night, the rumors were that the Marlins did not have enough to send back to land the 29-year old right-handed pitcher.
Today, if the reports are true, the Padres have thrown another right-handed starter into the deal. While Cashner may be a free agent after this season, Colin Rea is under team control for five more years after this season concludes. Now, it appears Miami has landed the pitcher they hope will help them get to the playoffs and a starter than can stick in their lineup in the future.
In return, the Marlins will reportedly send back 1B prospect Josh Naylor, who recently participated in the MLB Futures Game at Petco Park. Naylor is just 19-years old and is expected to become a great hitter with big power while also playing good defense at first base. That won’t be for years, though, as he still needs to figure out how to hit left-handed pitching.
Like the trades that the Padres have made for Craig Kimbrel, Fernando Rodney, and Drew Pomeranz, it’s obvious that General Manager A.J. Preller is trying to stock up on as much young talent as he can in hopes that the major-league roster is filled with stars several years from now.
We’re still waiting to hear what the finalized deal looks like and now it sounds like Jarred Cosart, a talented starting pitcher that has struggled to stay healthy with the Marlins, will be headed to San Diego in the deal.
Add Luis Castillo to the list of prospects the Padres will be getting back in this deal. The hard-throwing reliever has a 2.23 ERA at the high-A level of the Marlins’ minor-league system.