When it comes to trades in baseball, you have two types of players. You have the players that understand the situation and accept being dealt, even if it is sometimes a team they’ve been with for some time. Then you have players that are incredibly bitter, and hold onto these feelings for a number of years towards the team that traded him.
The latter is the case of Andrew Cashner. The San Diego Padres starter is set to face his former team, the Chicago Cubs, on Sunday and has made it pretty clear that he’s still holding onto some hard feelings about being traded for Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
In an interview with Comcast Sportsnet in Chicago, Cashner had this bit to say:
“I’m ready,” he said. “I didn’t pitch that well in Chicago last time we were there. But I have a good feel for a lot of things right now, a good rhythm. I love pitching in this park. I’m looking to shove it up their [bleep] tomorrow.”
Cashner has pitched with decent success out of the rotation for the Padres, but it’s still a bit unclear as to whether or not he’ll be a starter or a reliever for the long term. He possesses good stuff, but has had some health issues, including this season. Which is why the Cubs traded him.
He’s been relatively effective this season, though his strikeout numbers are down dramatically. His walks are down as well, as are his home runs. Pitching in Petco has had its benefits for the young pitcher, it’s just a matter of health for the long term. Despite the fact that this deal benefited him as a starter, he hasn’t let go of his hard feelings for the Cubs.
It’ll be interesting to see how he fares on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. Will he back up his strong words, or will the Cubs’ bats come to life for a rare bit of offensive success? We’ll see.