The Baltimore Orioles have had little to cheer about this season. With an abysmal 15-35 record, already seemingly out of the playoff race, the Orioles brass is rightfully looking towards the trade deadline and the offseason.
They're primed to be sellers once the trade deadline rolls around. Unfortunately, their likely highest-valued player, right handed pitcher Andrew Cashner, doesn't seem to want to play anywhere else except Baltimore.
Not wanting to be traded is one thing, but threatening to sit out if you do get traded is a bit odd, especially since Cashner would likely be traded to a team where he'd have a chance to compete.
The 32-year-old pitcher has improved his game this season. He went 4-15 in 28 starts last season for the Orioles, with a 5.29 ERA. This season, he's off to a much better start. So far, he's posted a 4-2 record with a 4.12 in his first 10 games.
since 2016, Andrew Cashner is 35-9 (N) runs allowed in the 1st inning when pitching at home. In those 44 games between both teams, there have been 23 games with runs in the 1st and 21 games with no runs. Cashner is 4-1 (N) since '16 at H vs Yanks. #1stInningStats #MLB— 1st Inning Stats (@1stInningStats) May 20, 2019
It'll be interesting to see if Cashner sticks to his word and declines to play for any team he gets traded to this season. But if this season keeps going the way it's been going for the Orioles, they'll almost certainly be fielding trade offers for Cashner this summer.