The Orioles today announced that they have signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-hander Zach Britton has been placed on the 60-day disabled list (right Achilles surgery).
Cashner, 31, pitched to an 11-11 record with a 3.40 ERA (63 ER/166.2 IP) in 28 starts with Texas in 2017. His 11 wins set a career-high. He led Rangers starters in ERA (finished ninth in the American League), was second in starts and innings pitched, and tied for second in wins. Over an eight-year Major League career, Cashner has gone 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA (377 ER/893.0 IP) and 694 strikeouts in 137 starts (230 games). He has posted a 2.64 ERA (115 ER/392.2 IP) in 63 home starts (66 games) since the beginning of 2013, the fifth-best ERA among Major League starters in that span (min. 350.0 IP). In 11 career starts against the AL East, he has gone 5-3 with a 2.63 ERA (21 ER/72.0 IP).
Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (No. 18 overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Cashner played two seasons with the Cubs (2010-11) and also has spent time with the San Diego Padres (2012-16), Miami Marlins (2016), and Texas Rangers (2017).