ANAHEIM – The Angels are in talks to act against Orioles’ veteran right-handed Alex Cobb, a source told MLB.com on Monday. However, the deal has not been confirmed by either club as they still have some hurdles to overcome to make it a reality. In particular, Cobb has a complicated contract structure,
ANAHEIM – The angels are in talks to act against the skilled right-handed Orioles
However, the deal has not been confirmed by either club as they still have some hurdles to overcome to make it a reality. In particular, Cobb has a complicated contract structure as it is in the final year of its business and is expected to make $ 15 million, but $ 4.5 million of that is being set aside. A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Orioles will be paying more than half that $ 15 million salary and will receive a player for it. MLB network insider Ken Rosenthal reported that the player will be runner-up Jahmai Jones, the Angels’ second pick in 2015 and the # 7 prospect per MLB pipeline.
The Angels and Orioles are indeed in talks about a deal that would send Alex Cobb west, but according to a source, “a lot still needs to happen” before a deal is closed. @ Ken_Rosenthal & @ danconnolly2016 We are on.
– Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 1, 2021
Cobb, however, would likely finalize the Angels’ search for a pitching start after the team also signed left-hander José Quintana for a year on Jan. 20. Cobb and Quintana would join a six-man rotation that includes Dylan Bundy and Andrew Heaney, and Griffin Canning with Shohei Ohtani is expected to start once a week. Jaime Barria could be in that mix too.
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Cobb, 33, posted an ERA of 4.30 with 38 strikes, 18 walks, and eight homers allowed in 10 starts in 2020. He posted an ERA of 5.10 in three seasons with the Orioles since signing a four-year $ 45 million deal prior to contracting 18 season. Cobb had more success with the Rays, carrying a 3.50 ERA in 115 starts with Tampa Bay from ’11 -17.
Cobb remains a strike thrower with a low walking rate, but he has seen his strike rate decline in recent years. He’s above average, but he had one of the league’s worst hit rates per baseball savant last year.
The Angels are confident they can make some improvements with Cobb, much like Bundy, who was acquired from a deal with the Orioles last off-season and became the club’s best starter. It’s the third deal Los Angeles made with Baltimore last year, as it also took over shortstop José Iglesias from the O’s in early December.
With Cobb in the mix, this means the Angels will face right-handed Trevor Bauer, who is the best starting mug available in the free agency. The Halos and Bauer were linked throughout the off-season, but they decided it would be better to use their resources to improve several parts of the roster than to spend it all on one star player.