Former TCU pitcher Andrew Cashner is now a Texas Rangers pitcher.
The right-hander and the reigning two-time American League West champions agreed Friday to a one-year deal worth $10 million, a deal that brings Cashner to the club he had hoped would acquire him at the trade deadline, sources said.
Instead, San Diego sent him to Miami.
The Rangers have long been fond of Cashner, a native Texan who has had mixed results in the major leagues after emerging as an All-America closer at TCU and the Chicago Cubs’ first-round pick in 2008.
But the feeling in July was that pitching coach Doug Brocail would be able to make a few tweaks in Cashner’s delivery to get the results to match the stuff. He throws a fastball that can reach the upper 90s along with a slider and changeup.
Cashner, 30, went 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA last season between the Padres and Marlins and also spent time on the disabled list. He did some of his best pitching leading up to the Aug. 1 trade deadline, which made the soon-to-be free agent more attractive to contending clubs. Miami beat the Rangers to the punch.
Now, Cashner fills one of the two holes the Rangers have in the rotation behind Cole Hamels, Yu Darvish and Martin Perez.
Additionally on Friday, the Rangers set their 40-man roster by purchasing the minor league contract of first-baseman Ronald Guzman, making a waiver claim on right-hander Tyler Wagner from Arizona, and outrighting righty Adrian Sampson to Triple A Round Rock.
By adding Guzman, the Rangers are protecting him from the Rule 5 draft.
Another Adrian, Adrian Beltre, was named the Rangers Player of the Year. Beltre batted .300 with 32 homers and 104 RBIs. He will be honored Jan. 20 at the Dr Pepper Awards Banquet at Gilley’s Dallas.