This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
It's that time of year when uniforms (and fortunes) can change for quite a few pitchers. While not hurricane force, there has been a noticeable breeze blowing over the past few days. Teams often play a waiting game, hoping to land the best arm(s) available, but once a big name or two finds a new home, things can quickly pick up. Yes, the trade winds have already been blowing, albeit not with any major storm warnings yet, and it's again time to see who has gone where, what it means, and what other deals might be on the horizon. There is still time on the clock, so maybe we can speculate on who might still be in play. But, let's start by seeing how changes in latitudes might impact the arms involved so far:
Andrew Cashner to Boston:
The first few moves of the trading season seem rather ho-hum at first glance, and Cashner landing with Boston certainly fits that description. However, it should be noted that he actually arrived with an ERA (3.83) that would be second to only David Price on the Red Sox staff. That's a serious indicator of the team's 2019 pitching woes. So far, the Red Sox have seemed reluctant to take the big plunge but that could change.
The 32-year-old Cashner was battered for six runs (five earned) in five innings in his Boston debut, while logging just two strikeouts. That's been his modus operandi for the past few seasons. Simply put, he doesn't