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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: ALEX COBB SET TO SIGN WITH ORIOLES

                                                               

The last big free agent pitching chip will finally sign on the dotted line Tuesday as multiple reports indicate that Alex Cobb will sign a contract with the Baltimore Orioles.  The deal will be for three years and around $50 million and is a nice haul considering the fact the season starts next week and Lance Lynn settled for just one year with the Minnesota Twins last week.  As far as Cobb is concerned, he has successfully made it back from Tommy John elbow surgery to once again be a very good SP 3/4 but his previously solid K/9 rate has not come all the way back to pre-surgery levels.  In addition, we would prefer Cobb not to have signed back into the AL East after previously being with the Tampa Bay Rays and so he has to stay in the SP 4 range given the tough competition he will face in the division.  Cobb is completely capable however of supplying a useful mid-3.00 ERA and solid WHIP, while posting around 150 strikeouts.  Just don't count on seeing him with the O's until sometime in late April since he will have to gear up his innings and arm after missing almost all of spring training. 


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