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Monday, February 01, 2021

Halos in talks with O’s for RHP Cobb

The Angels are in talks to trade for veteran Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb, sources told on Monday, but there’s “a lot left that needs to happen” before a deal gets completed.

A report earlier Monday from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal and The Athletic’s Dan Connolly suggested the teams had a trade in place. The teams haven’t confirmed a deal.

Cobb would add more rotation depth for the Angels, who already have Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney, José Quintana, Griffin Canning, Jaime Barria and Shohei Ohtani as starting pitching options entering the 2021 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2021 at 11:34 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: February 01, 2021 at 12:44 PM (#6003130)
That leaves Kris Davis as the only salary of note. I assume this means the Orioles win the race to the salary bottom
   2. JRVJ Posted: February 01, 2021 at 01:08 PM (#6003137)
It's remarkable how bad the Cobb contract has been for the Orioles.

They've gotten 1.8 BWar (*), and have paid $42MM for that privilege (+).

(*) With the proviso that he was decent in 2020, and that was a pandemic-shortened season.

(+) Similar proviso. The $42MM is according to BRef, but that was prorrated for 2020.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2021 at 01:47 PM (#6003146)
Reports that the return is 2B Jahmai Jones.
   4. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: February 01, 2021 at 01:59 PM (#6003148)
Why? WHY? Yes, Cobb adds rotation "depth." As in, he digs the hole that is the Angels' rotation even deeper. If the Angels are out on Bauer, fine, but there are other guys out there (notably James Paxton) who would cost a similar amount and have much better projections without giving up a prospect. Most of the shine is off of Jones, but there was no need to give up anyone for a pitcher of Cobb's caliber. The only thing I can think is that the Angels are under a really tight budget and the Orioles are kicking in some cash.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 01, 2021 at 02:02 PM (#6003150)
Orioles eating half of Cobb’s $15M salary, too. If they thought Cobb had a chance of being good this season, they might get more trading him before the deadline, but they’d be taking a risk, and could pay more.
   6. JRVJ Posted: February 01, 2021 at 02:36 PM (#6003159)
4, a 1-year 7.5MM flyer on Cobb (if Yankee Clapper is correct) is a pretty low-stakes bet.

As above, Cobb has been pretty bad during this contract, but at $7.5MM for 2021, he really only needs to be a 1 WIN BRef pitcher and an option for the back of the Angels' rotation.
   7. Rally Posted: February 02, 2021 at 04:28 PM (#6003368)
I appreciate the effort to pair Mike Trout with an alltime great, but I suspect that being dead, Ty Cobb isn’t going to help the team any more than Pujols will.
   8. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 02, 2021 at 04:30 PM (#6003370)
6 - Cobb also cost Jones, who still had decent value (even at diminished shine).
   9. Ron J Posted: February 02, 2021 at 05:45 PM (#6003386)
#7 Smaller strike zone. And Pujols doesn't have the bat control he did in his prime.

You're also assuming Cobb would let a small matter like death stand in his way. He's just waiting for a team to show him the proper respect.
   10. Rally Posted: February 02, 2021 at 07:13 PM (#6003403)
We had undead base runners last year, so I will complain no more about an undead outfielder.
   11. DFA Posted: February 03, 2021 at 12:08 AM (#6003460)
Mike Trout, following in Ted Williams footsteps with moves like these...
   12. Rally Posted: February 03, 2021 at 09:24 AM (#6003484)
According to MLBTR, Angels will pay 5 mil, Orioles 10.

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