At the trade deadline the Marlins went out and tried to solve their pitching problems by acquiring Andrew Cashner from the Padres. They actually acquired Cashner and Colin Rea, but Rea had a pre-existing elbow injury and was sent back to San Diego as part of a revised trade.

The Marlins, under the direction of new manager Don Mattingly, have a no facial hair policy. That dates back to Mattingly’s days with the Yankees. George Steinbrenner didn’t allow hair below the lip and Mattingly has implemented the policy during his managerial career. Cashner, who is known for his bushy beard, had to shave it after the trade.

Here are the before and after photos:

cashnerbeforeafter090816.jpgAndrew Cashner had to shave his beard after getting traded. USATSI

Very different! Cashner has sported his beard for years and years. He looks like an entirely different person clean-shaven. But the rules are the rules, and the beard had to go after the trade.

Cashner is due to become a free agent after the season, which means he’s free to pick his new team based on their facial hair policy if he so chooses. Would he be open to returning to Miami? Sure, as long as they allow him to grow a beard.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the details:

The Marlins probably wouldn’t be able to afford Cashner this winter even if they wanted him. And Cashner said any interest he would have in re-signing would hinge on the Marlins eliminating their no-facial hair policy.

Cashner said “I still hate” the Marlins’ no-beard rule and “that is a big deal to me in free agency.”

Hey, that’s the luxury of being a free agent. Players are free to make their decision based on facial hair policies, the local schools, the weather, whatever they want. The beard is a priority for Cashner, and he’s going to make sure he can grow it wherever he lands next. More power to him.

Cashner, 29, is 5-11 with a 4.77 ERA (85 ERA+) in 23 starts and 117 relief appearances for the Padres and Marlins this season. The upcoming free agent market is very thin and Cashner will have no trouble finding a new team despite his poor season.

Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Andrew Cashner is open to re-signing with the Marlins on one hair-related condition