Cashner, 30, is a Texas native who attended Texas Christian University and was frequently linked to the Rangers in advance of last summer’s non-waiver trade deadline. Texas ended up acquiring Lucas Harrell to shore up its rotation while the Padres dealt Cashner to the Marlins after shopping him.
Cashner posted a 5.25 ERA and 7.6 K/9 in 28 appearances (27 starts) with San Diego and Miami last season, and owns a career 31-53 record and 3.89 ERA in seven major-league seasons. He has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, and will hope to return to old form with a change of scenery in Arlington.
It is currently unclear if the Rangers will use Cashner in the rotation or in the bullpen, as the club does have five starters in Cole Hamels, Yu Darvish, Martin Perez, A.J. Griffin and Chi Chi Gonzalez despite losing Derek Holland to free agency.