MLB Trade Deadline: Four Padres that make sense for Cubs

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Jun 16, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Cashner  – Starting Pitcher

Traded to the Padres in the deal that brought two-time All-Star Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs, Cashner has all the stuff of a front-line starting pitcher.

He regularly sits in the mid-to-upper 90s with his fastball and, at times, seems like he is ready to break out and put San Diego on his back.

Will the Cubs and Padres get together on a blockbuster?

This season, at first glance, you may think he’s struggled. That is, if you’re still relying on a pitcher’s win-loss record as an indicator of success.

Already with 10 losses under his belt, the right-hander boasts a respectable 3.93 ERA, 3.78 FIP and 1.311 WHIP. While it’s certainly not a horrible performance for a guy making just $4 million this season, it’s a far cry from what many considered to be his breakout campaign in 2014.

Last year, the former Cubs prospect pitched to a career-best 2.55 earned run average and 3.21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 starts spanning 123 1/3 innings of work.

So which version of Cashner is what you should expect?

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