Patrick Smith/Getty Images
August 02, 2017

Record: 55–54, .505 

Standings: 2nd in AL West (15 games behind); 1 1/2 behind in AL wild card 

Playoff Odds: 31.8%

With Drew Smyly out for the season due to Tommy John surgery and Hisashi Iwakuma lacking a timetable to return from a bout of shoulder inflammation, the Mariners' rotation has taken significant hits (to say nothing of the ones they've surrendered, given the team's 1.7 HR/9 rate). James Paxton and Felix Hernandez are the team's only starters who are preventing runs at a better-than-average clip. 

Cashner's strikeout and walk rates are lousy (4.5 and 3.8 per nine, respectively) but even so, his 4.51 FIP isn't dreadful thanks to his ability to limit homers thanks to a 9.8% groundball rate. Having traded righthander Yu Darvish (to the Dodgers) and catcher Jonathan Lucroy (to the Rockies), the Rangers likely want to get out from under the remainder of Cashner's $10 million salary, so the guess here is that he won't get far in the claims pile.

You May Like