The San Diego Padres have traded starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to the Miami Marlins, according to numerous reports this morning.
Yes, Cashner was an Orioles trade target.
It's interesting that some are reporting the player going back to the Padres is 19-year-old first base prospect Josh Naylor. The Orioles certainly could have floated first base prospect Trey Mancini and/or first baseman-outfielder Christian Walker. Maybe they did and threw in other prospects, but the Padres clearly wanted a top-notch prospect.
It's becoming more and more clear that the Orioles simply might not have enough in their farm system to pull off a trade before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. Monday.
The Marlins are desperate for starting pitching (and the Orioles aren't?) and did what they had to do. The Marlins are five games out of first, but in the wild-card hunt.
The Red Sox and Blue Jays, both right on the Orioles' tail, have already made significant moves to upgrade their teams and say they're not done. The teams are exuding confidence and their general managers are dealing and saying all the right things.