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Let’s Find Alex Cobb a Job

While the cold stove never did quite heat up the way we were hoping, the majority of the free agents we saw hunting for jobs deep into Spring have since found employment. With many of the big names off of the market, there is still one arm that hasn’t found a team to pitch for despite the fact that we are a mere 10 days away from the start of the regular season.

Alex Cobb is coming off of a career year in 2017. He had the campaign many pitchers hope to have when they are on the brink of free agency. Expecting a big pay day on the open market this off season, the 30 year old right hander turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Tampa Bay Rays, the club that drafted him back in 2006.

Now, with just a handful of days remaining in Spring Training and many of his fellow 2017/2018 free agent peers taking deals well below what they were hoping for, we are going to try and identify the best options for Cobb in the 2018 season.

Tampa Bay Rays

Why not? As far as we know, there is no bad blood between the Rays and the Florida native. The club obviously wanted to keep him around and despite the selling off of many major league assets, the Rays are adamant they are still in win now mode. The rotation was going to look a little bit different with the departure of Cobb and Jake Odorizzi, but Chris Archer, Jake Faria, Blake Snell were going to return to lead a staff with youngsters Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon. Well, plans have since changed… drastically. Honeywell and De Leon have both gone under the knife with Tommy John surgeries and will miss all of 2018. Speaking of Tommy John surgeries, the Rays number four starter knows a thing or two about those. After missing 2017 while rehabbing from his second TJ operation, word has it that Nathan Eovaldi will be good to go in 2018. That still leaves one open spot in the rotation. If they can get him at the right price even though the Rays want to cut payroll, why not sign a familiar face in Cobb?

Washington Nationals

Bear with me, I know the Nats just signed Jeremy Hellickson and with that, they almost certainly have their fifth rotation spot locked up. But read these four names: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark. Now add the name Jeremy Hellickson to that list. How does that sit? Okay, now scratch Hellickson and add the name Alex Cobb to that list. Yeap. The Nationals may be content with Hellickson holding down that last spot, but, in my opinion, the club’s window is closing. After years of under performing with what is already one of the better rotations in the game and an MVP in the outfield, making a splash a little bigger than Hellickson would go a long way to their World Series hopes. Cobb could have been, and could still be that splash.

Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles are in a strange spot with their rotation, really their team as a whole, but that isn’t anything new in the Charm City. The Orioles, much like the Rays, are convinced that they will be competitive in a challenging AL East during the upcoming campaign. We find Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and Andrew Cashner locked into the rotation, then just a whole bunch of names after that, nothing that will convince you they will be competitive. Adding Cobb on a short team deal could help the Orioles to a season of mediocrity and allow them to push the rebuild back for yet another season.

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Jake Berry

Contributing Writer at Legends On Deck®
Jake resides in Carrollton, GA and loves everything baseball. He is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys traveling to watch their Minor League teams. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. Jake is also a certified personal trainer and has a passion for fitness and weight lifting. You can find his personal site at berrysbaseball.com

You can also reach out to Jake at jberry@legendsondeck.com
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