Four Possible Trades Between Astros and Padres

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Trade for Andrew Cashner

Jul 8, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) smiles on the field prior to pitching against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no surprise that the Astros are reportedly pursuing Ross more aggressively than Cashner, as the Conroe native has struggled so far this season for the Padres. Yes, you heard that correctly, Cashner is a native of Conroe, Texas, and Astros fans might have to deal with another coming home story here.

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But, Cashner isn’t feeling as welcomed because Astros fans really don’t want him. He has a 3.93 ERA so far this season with 102 strikeouts and a -0.9 WAR. He’s the exact opposite of Collin McHugh, as he seems to find ways to lose and carries a 4-10 record. James Shields and Ross are greatly outperforming him so far this season, and his trade value has been dropping.

It’s really unfortunate for Cashner, as he was superb in 2013 and 2014 and looked to be the ace of the Padres future before they signed Shields. Cashner had shown signs of his great ability recently when he pitched seven innings allowing only one run and striking out five Marlins in a win. Here’s what I think the Astros should give up for Cashner:

Astros receive: Andrew Cashner

Padres receive: Nolan Fontana and Akeem Bostick

A definite lower price for Cashner, which is more than fair considering the difference in production between him and Ross in 2015. The Astros relinquish their 29th and 30th best prospects in this trade, which is very reasonable.

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