The Texas Rangers are a team that is in on Philadelphia Phillies‘ Cole Hamels, but they are wisely making backup plans in case they don’t land the coveted left-hander.
Even though the 28-year-old Cashner has had his fair share of struggles this season, the Padres should be able to get good value in a deal involving him, given that he is under contract cheaply through 2016. In 19 games pitched this season, Cashner is 4-10 with a 3.93 ERA and 102/35 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Ross, 28, is by far the least likely of the two players to be traded since the Padres are asking . Ross is signed cheaply through the 2017 season, so like Cashner, it will take a very good trade package to get him away from San Diego. In 21 starts this season, Ross has gone 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 132/57 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
It’s unclear if anything is close, but with Hamels being the Rangers apparent top target, it is unlikely anything is imminent. Still, be sure to stay tuned here for further updates.
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