Sources: Marlins add Cashner in 7-player trade

The Miami Marlins have an agreement in place to trade for San Diego Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney on Friday.

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  • According to multiple reports, the Marlins will also acquire right-hander Colin Rea and reliever Tayron Guerrero.

    San Diego will receive right-hander Jarred Cosart in the trade, a source told ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Reliever Carter Capps, Josh Naylor, the Marlins’ first-round draft pick in 2015, and pitching prospect Luis Castillo are also going to the Padres, according to multiple reports.

    The trade comes as the Marlins seek rotation depth amid their push for the postseason. Miami (55-47) entered Friday tied for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

    The full terms of the trade, which is contingent on the players involved passing physical exams, was first reported by Fox Sports and confirmed by ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

    The deal marks the second high-profile trade this week involving the rebuilding Padres, who sent outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    The Padres (44-58), who enter Friday with the NL’s fourth-worst record, also have traded away starters James Shields and Drew Pomeranz and closer Fernando Rodney this season.

    Cashner, who has been the longest-tenured Padres player since joining the team in 2012, said Wednesday that it was “sad” to see constant turnover among his teammates.

    “You’d definitely like to see more guys stay here longer in their careers,” he said. “That’s just kind of how it’s been since I’ve been here. I’ve made some great relationships with a lot of guys, and there’ll be lasting friendships for a lifetime.”

    Cashner, 29, is 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 79 1/3 innings pitched this season. But the seven-year veteran has pitched well of late, posting a 2.55 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

    Rea, 26, is 5-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 19 games — 18 starts — this season. Guerrero has spent most of the season in the minors but made his MLB debut with a two-inning appearance in May.

    Cashner has a $7.15 million contract and becomes a free agent after this season. Rea has a salary of $510,200 and is under team control through 2018.

    The Marlins are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals (55-47) for the NL’s second wild card and trail the first-place Washington Nationals (60-42) by five games in the NL East.

    Miami is in need of starting pitching depth with ace Jose Fernandez facing a potential innings limit and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen sidelined with a sprained pitching elbow.

    Cosart was 0-1 with a 5.95 ERA in four major league starts in 2016. Naylor, 19, was hitting .269 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs at Greensboro, the Marlins’ Class A club in the South Atlantic League, while Castillo was 7-3 with a 2.25 ERA at Class A Jupiter. Capps is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March.

    The trade is the second between the teams this summer. In June, the Marlins acquired Rodney for a minor league pitcher.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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