As anticipated, the Boston Red Sox did not wait for the closing days before the trade deadline to start making moves.
The Red Sox announced Saturday they have acquired right-handed starting pitcher Andrew Cashner and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles for a pair of prospects. He's throwing the ball as well as he ever has ... It's just one of those tough things we'll have to do.
Cashner, 32, was on a three-game winning streak and had a 9-3 record with a 3.83 ERA. "I think it's one of those where we'll analyze and see what takes place".
"I can't say we will or we won't because I really don't know", he said. "Definitely gives us an improvement in that fifth spot, which we've scuffled for such a long time this season". He is in the final season of a two-year, $16 million contract. Baltimore also agreed to make contingent payments on some of Cashner's performance bonuses if he should achieve them. We're embarking on a really important part of our schedule.
". We have 70 games to play, basically". I think we have a good pulse on who's available and not available at this time. "It gives us a chance to move right away".
The Red Sox entered Saturday night in third place in the AL East, 8.5 games behind the New York Yankees. Boston began the day far back of AL East-leading NY but in the thick of the wild-card race after opening the season with 12 losses in 18 games.
The Yankees are also in search of pitching help and have recently been linked to Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray as an option if they can't acquire top-tier arms such as Madison Bumgarner and Trevor Bauer.
"I just felt like once we got a return that made sense, that was above the line, and able to get some young players with upside as opposed to getting players that were older or already on the 40-man roster", Elias said. "But we have to continue forward because we've dug ourselves a hole as far as the division". Headed to the Orioles are infield prospect Noelberth Romero and outfield prospect Elio Prado. He runs well enough to potentially stay in center field and has a more advanced batting eye than the average teenager in the Dominican Summer League.