Miami is “working” to add a starting pitcher and is interested in Andrew Cashner and Michael Pineda, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.
The Marlins have been linked to numerous starters expected to be available before the non-waiver trade deadline and are known to be seeking an upgrade.
Cashner, 29, hasn’t had a great season with the Padres, pitching to a 5.05 ERA and 5.12 FIP over 67.2 innings. He’s pitched to a 4.53 ERA between this season and last, though he was dominant in 2014, posting a 2.55 ERA over 123.1 innings.
Cashner would be a rental for the Marlins, who have a tendency to prefer controllable starting pitchers. He’s earning $7.15 million this season, but the Padres might have to consider including cash in a potential deal if they are serious about a trade.
While Cashner is a rental option, Pineda isn’t scheduled to become a free agent until after 2017, which could make him a more realistic target for the Marlins. However, Morosi notes the Yankees are not yet prepared to trade Pineda.
Pineda is having a down season, pitching to a 5.56 ERA and 4.04 FIP over 100.1 innings with the Yankees this season. He has pitched well the last two seasons, though, posting a 2.71 and 3.34 FIP in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
New York enters play Tuesday at five-hundred and seven and half games behind the Orioles in the division. If they continue to struggle, they could become sellers, though it appears that choice won’t be made in the immediate future.
The Padres are already out of contention and appear open to moving pieces on their major league roster.
Miami has positioned itself to remain competitive in the Wild Card standings and will likely explore every opportunity to upgrade in before the deadline. However, Miami won’t overpay for a starter with several internal options to consider.