Texas Rangers rumors: Andrew Cashner is not expected to receive a qualify offer from the Texas Rangers, per Jon Heyman on Twitter. The deadline for making a qualifying offer for a free agent is tomorrow, November 5. A player who receives a qualifying offer has seven days to either accept the offer and play the 2018 season on a one year, $17.4M deal, or reject the offer.
The Rangers had been rumored to be strongly considering making a qualifying offer to Cashner, who was a great bargain for the Rangers at $10 million for the 2017 season, but whose glittery ERA belied shaky peripherals and a particularly low strikeout rate. The Rangers thinking behind possibly making the offer was that Cashner seemed intent on testing the market and seeking out a long-term deal, and thus would likely reject the offer, netting the team a compensatory pick after the second round of the 2018 draft.
It appears, however, that the Rangers aren't quite confident enough that Cashner would reject the offer to pull the trigger, and don't want to get stuck with close to half of their offseason spending budget going to Cashner on a one year deal.