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Orioles closing in on signing Alex Cobb

21 March 2018

According to a report, starting pitcher Alex Cobb has signed with the Baltimore Orioles.

Alex Cobb is reportedly close to joining the Orioles.

Cobb may have waited this long to sign because he was seeking a multi-year deal rather than a one-year deal like so many of his colleagues have taken.

Tilman is one of three holdovers - along with Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy - from a 2017 rotation that posted the worst ERA in club history.

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The deal is for four years and "close" to $60 million, per Heyman.

He was 12-10 past year for the Rays with a 3.66 ERA.

He returned late during the 2016 season but was roughed up for 21 runs on 32 hits and 7 walks over the course of five starts and 22.0 innings altogether. The historically slow market victimized many veteran players, like the Yankees' Neil Walker, the Mets' Jason Vargas and others who have yet to be signed.

The deal with Baltimore is the largest the Orioles have committed to a free agent pitcher by total value and average annual value.

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The biggest question mark surrounding the 6-foot-3 Cobb is his ability to stay on the field after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015.

Because Cobb rejected a $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Rays, the Orioles will lose their third-highest 2018 draft pick, now No. 51.

Pitching his entire career with the Rays, Cobb has a 48-35 record and 3.50 ERA in 115 major league starts.

Cobb has a three-pitch arsenal - a low-90s fastball, an 80 miles per hour curveball and a mid-80s splitter - though previous year he used his curveball much more and went away from his splitter.

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Orioles closing in on signing Alex Cobb