Alex Cobb agrees with Orioles on 4-year deal near $60M


Multiple media reports have the Orioles agreeing to terms with free agent RHP Alex Cobb.

The deal is contingent on completion of a physical, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Cobb played his entire seven-year career with the Tampa Bay Rays and finished the 2017 season with a 12-10 record with 3.66 ERA, 128 strikeouts, and 1.22 WHIP (10th in AL).

The No. 22 overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft impressed at camp after missing significant time due to right elbow strain which forced Harvey to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2016. In 81 career starts, Cobb owns a 35-23 record with a 3.21 ERA. Brett gives his thoughts on the deal and what it means for the Orioles. With a 2017 groundball rate of 48 percent - and a career rate of 54 percent - Cobb's ability to induce easy outs was indeed alluring for the Orioles.

He returned late during the 2016 season but was roughed up for 21 runs on 32 hits and 7 walks over the course of five starts and 22.0 innings altogether.

The right-handed pitcher is the Orioles No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline and outranks all pitching prospects in the organization.

Baltimore, which finished third in the AL East with a 75-87 record previous year, opens the 2018 season on March 29 at home against the Twins.