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Sunday’s Bird Droppings: Where Andrew Cashner has been traded to the Red Sox

The O’s split a doubleheader, trade away Cashner and send Bundy to the IL.

Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images

Good morning, Birdland!

Andrew Cashner will be a “Remember That Guy” type of player 10 years from now, and few will recall the time he spent with the Orioles. He pitched in 45 games over the last two seasons in Charm City, but he gave the black and orange pretty much exactly what was expected of him. The righty was right around a league average pitcher and he stayed fairly healthy while occasionally turning in brilliant performances on the mound for two terrible teams.

Now he heads to the division rival Red Sox, who desperately needed pitching help. It’s unclear what his role will be in Boston. Could he go the Nathan Eovaldi route and become a reliable bullpen piece? Or will be continue as a back-end rotation arm? That is a problem that the Orioles don’t need to solve.

In exchange for Cashner, the O’s received two 17-year-old Venezuelan prospects, outfielder Elio Prado and infielder Noelberth Romero. Both guys will play for the club’s Dominican League squad for the foreseeable future. For what it’s worth, Prado is hitting .303/.400/.418 in 33 gams this season while Romero is at .264/.336/.364. Neither is regarded as an elite prospect.


Red Sox get RHP Cashner from Orioles for 2 minor leaguers - Yahoo! Sports
I won’t pretend like I know who either of the players that the Orioles received in this trade are. But the fact that they are both 17-year-olds who will head to the O’s Dominican League teams is yet another piece of evidence that this team is seriously playing the long game. There is no point in holding onto or attempting to add expensive stop-gap major league players. Go young, and go all-in.

Orioles Place Dylan Bundy On Injured List - MLB Trade Rumors
With Andrew Cashner off to the Red Sox and Dylan Bundy headed for the shelf, the O’s pitching staff is going to be seriously strained. Someone has to pitch the remaining 70+ games left in the 2019 season. Things could get ugly, folks.

Means struggles and Orioles settle for split - School of Roch
Brandon Hyde gives his thoughts on the Cashner trade. Understandably, he’s probably a little bummed. Also, John Means talks following the worst start of his brief major league career. The all-star jinx might be real?

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

A whole bunch of ex-O’s are celebrating their birthdays today. Infielder Bernie Castro, an Oriole for 24 games in 2005, turns 35. Derrick May, an outfielder on the Orioles for 26 games during the 1999 season, is 51. Victor Rodriguez, an 11-game Oriole in 1984, is 58. Infielder Billy Smith, an Oriole for three seasons from 1977-79, turns 66. The late Earl Williams (b. 1948, d. 2013), a utility player for the O’s from 1973-74, celebrates a posthumous birthday. Finally, Steve Stone, an Orioles pitcher for three seasons from 1979-81 and the winner of the 1980 Cy Young, is 72 years old today.

1964 - Bob Johnson of the Orioles sets an American League record with his sixth consecutive hit as a pinch hitter.

2012 - Taylor Teagarden makes his Orioles debut after spending the first half of the season on the DL. He enters the game in the 10th inning and hits a walk-off, two-run homer to bear the Tigers 8-6.