Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
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Orioles, Cobb close to deal

Orioles, Cobb close to deal

Whether the Orioles will have the starting pitching depth to compete for a playoff spot remains to be seen.

Right-hander Alex Cobb agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Orioles, who fortified their rotation with one of the most sought-after starting pitchers on the free-agent market, a source familiar with the deal told Yahoo Sports. The team has not yet confirmed the news.

At December's Winter Meetings, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said he didn't think the team would offer a four- or five-year deal to a free-agent pitcher. The deal's expected to be for three years in the range of $50 million, but that could be high, says Rosenthal.

The 30-year-old righty was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts for Tampa Bay last season. That isn't as good as his pre-elbow reconstruction years, though it is promising. It's also perhaps an acknowledgment that starters need no longer be 200-inning horses to get paid among the best in the game.

To add more confidence that Harvey is prepared to join the Orioles sometime this season, his fastball topped out at 95 miles per hour in the Orioles' 2-1 win against the Rays on February 27. Those two plus Cobb turn Baltimore's projected rotation from this.

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