UPDATE (Friday): The Marlins have agreed to acquire Cashner from San Diego, as first reported by ESPN.
ORIGINAL: The Marlins are getting closer to acquiring Andrew Cashner from the Padres, according to a major-league source. It is unclear what the final hurdles are in completing a deal, and other potential pieces are not yet known.
Miami has been one of a few teams in on Cashner in recent days, along with the Rangers, Orioles, Blue Jays and Giants. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported early Friday morning that Texas and Miami were the two leaders for Cashner, though other reports signaled that the Rangers were not going to acquire the righty.
The Marlins have been aggressive in their pursuit of starting pitching since landing Fernando Rodney in a late June deal with the Padres. The team currently sits eight games above .500 at 55-47 and has been exploring every available option on a weak starting pitching market.
Miami currently has Jose Fernandez, Adam Conley, Tom Koehler, Jose Urena and Jarred Cosart locked into its rotation, though Cashner would slot into the back of that mix if a deal is finalized. Cashner has posted a 4.76 ERA in 16 starts with the Padres so far this season and is a free agent after the season.