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MLB roundup: Rangers' decision to sign Cashner is puzzling

Once a productive starter, Andrew Cashner posted a 5.25 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 2016. Rob Foldy/Getty Images

FanGraphs writer Paul Sporer doesn't understand why the Texas Rangers signed pitcher Andrew Cashner.

In his time with the Miami Marlins, Cashner was limited by injury, a problem that Marlins officials believe stems back to his time with the San Diego Padres, and in 12 games with Miami, he allowed 62 hits and 30 walks in 52 2/3 innings for a WHIP of 1.75 and an ERA of 5.98. In games on the road last season -- outside of the pitcher parks in San Diego and Miami, homes of the 10th- and second-fewest homers, respectively -- he had a 7.84 ERA, with 12 homers allowed in 59 2/3 innings. Left-handed hitters had a .900 OPS against Cashner last season.