MLB Hot Stove free agent rumors: Orioles interested in starter Alex Cobb
The O's need rotation help, and Cobb is available for hire
On that note ...
Alex Cobb is coming off a 2017 season in which he pitched to a 3.66 ERA (113 ERA+) and 2.91 K/BB ratio in a career-high 179 1/3 innings. For his career, Cobb owns an ERA+ of 111 across parts of six big-league seasons. He's going into his age-30 season. The Rays made Cobb a qualifying offer earlier this offseason, which means he'll have draft-pick compensation attached in the event that he signs a contract worth at least $50 million (highly likely).
As for the O's, they don't profile as contenders, but they'll do what the can to improve their chances going into Manny Machado's walk year. Adding a mid-rotation arm like Cobb figures to help. Of course, Cobb in signing with the Cubs, so Baltimore will surely have competition.
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