By: Noah Wright
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Last night, The Orioles signed the last of the top starting free agents, right hander Alex Cobb. The deal is 4 year deal, worth $57 million. He could earn $20 million in deferred cash as well.
Cobb, 30 years old, has been a steady pitcher in The Rays’ starting pitching staff from 2012 to 2014. Between 2012-2014, Cobb recorded a 3.19 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, while limiting homeruns (.7 home runs/9), and walks (2.7 walks/9) in 446 innings. In 2015, Cobb had to undergo Tommy John surgery and missed the entirety of the 2015 season, and most of the 2016 season. He had came back at the end of the 2016 season, but did not record great results. In his limited 22 innings, Cobb recorded a 8.59 ERA, while not showing his normal home run prevention (2 homeruns/9), and walk control (2.9 walks/9).
In 2017, Cobb bounced back from injury and under performance. Last year, Cobb posted a solid, but not near where he was between ‘12-’14, ERA of 3.66. Though he posted a career high in homeruns/9 in at least 100 innings pitched (1.1 homeruns/9) he posted a career low walks/9 (2.2). Some other red flags that Cobb had last year was a 4.16 FIP, though I expect his ERA, FIP, and HR/9 to go down now that this will be his second full season after coming off of TJ surgery.
Cobb will join an Oriole rotation consisting of Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, other free agent signee Andrew Cashner, and the resigned Chris Tillman.