While we were all scrambling to stock up on our bread, milk, and toilet paper yesterday evening, the Orioles were finalizing discussions with Alex Cobb to bring the free agent pitcher to Baltimore. Our staff gave their knee-jerk reactions to the signing here.
Let’s get into some more Cobb, shall we?
You may have noticed (if you’re into that kind of thing) that Baseball Prospectus’s projection system, PECOTA, isn’t a fan of Cobb. In this article from earlier in the offseason, BP’s Matt Trueblood explains why that is. Read the whole thing – it starts off a bit scary, but ends on an optimistic note. And try to ignore all the references to Ubaldo Jimenez.
Our friend Matt Kremnitzer talks about Cobb over at Camden Depot. We always say the Orioles need to overpay for pitching, right? So no complaining when they finally do just that!
Baltimore Sports and Life’s Rob Shields has some reservations about Cobb, but in the end concludes that he’s glad the team signed the pitcher. Shields mentions that Cobb is slated to start the season in the minors, and worries that his lack of a spring training could negatively impact his 2018 season. A good point, and one I’d about which I’d rather not think too hard.
Josh Sroka of Section 336 has been begging the team to sign Cobb for six months. Now that it’s imminent, he joined Justin McGuire for today’s episode of Locked On Orioles.
You have a snow day today, right? Spend it listening to another podcast! Speaking of 336, Josh and his brother Matt were kind enough to have me in studio on Monday night. We talked about the O’s, of course, but also my UMBC RETRIEVERS!