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Alex Cobb to Angels, per report

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The Athletic is reporting that the Orioles are trading

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MLB Trade Rumors: Alex Cobb is heading to the Anaheim Angels from the Baltimore Orioles, per a report from the Athletic. No details yet — and the are, per the link, still being worked out — but if it goes through then the Angels have a veteran mystery arm to add to their rotation.

Cobb, you may recall, hit the free agent market at the same time as Lance Lynn, after the 2017 season, when they were viewed as very similar guys — solid starting pitchers who just finished their first season back from Tommy John surgery. Cobb was generally viewed as the more attractive of the pair, due to a better track record and better stuff, and ended up getting a 4 year, $57 million deal to leave the Tampa Bay Rays for the greener pastures of Baltimore.

Lance Lynn ended up signing a one year deal for the 2018 season, wasn’t very good, and I don’t remember what happened to him after that, but I’m sure it isn’t anything noteworthy.

In any case...Cobb wasn’t good for Baltimore in 2018, putting up a 4.90 ERA in 28 starts with a 4.79 FIP, and then only had three appearances in 2019. In those three starts, he gave up 16 runs in 12.1 IP and allowed 9 home runs. That’s bad.

Cobb bounced back in 2020 with a 4.30 ERA in 52.1 IP over 10 starts (albeit with a 4.87 FIP), and is owed $15 million in the final year of his contract. He’s 33 and has an injury history and a spotty track record since joining the Orioles, but on the other hand, if he’s healthy he should be able to give some serviceable innings, and the Angels’ rotation right now has a bunch of guys with question marks, so Cobb will fit right in.

My guess is the Orioles will eat a good chunk of the contract, and the Angels will send over a prospect or two of a fringy nature.