Alex Cobb Trade To Angels From Orioles (www.mlb.com)

ANAHEIM — The Angels are in talks to trade for veteran Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb, a source told MLB.com on Monday.
The deal, however, has not been confirmed by either club, as they are still working through several hurdles to get it done. Specifically, Cobb has a complicated contract structure,

ANAHEIM — The Angels are in talks to trade for veteran Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb, a source told MLB.com on Monday.

The deal, however, has not been confirmed by either club, as they are still working through several hurdles to get it done. Specifically, Cobb has a complicated contract structure, as he’s in the final year of his deal and is set to earn $15 million, but $4.5 million of it is deferred. A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Orioles will pay more than half of that $15 million salary and receive one player in return. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported that the player will be second-base prospect Jahmai Jones, the Angels’ second-round pick in 2015 and

per MLB Pipeline.

Cobb, though, would likely complete the Angels’ search for starting pitching after the team also signed lefty José Quintana to a one-year deal on Jan. 20. Cobb and Quintana would join a six-man rotation that includes Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney and Griffin Canning with Shohei Ohtani expected to start once a week. Jaime Barria could also be in that mix.

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Cobb, 33, posted a 4.30 ERA with 38 strikeouts, 18 walks and eight homers allowed in 10 starts in 2020. He posted a 5.10 ERA in three seasons with the Orioles since signing a four-year, $45 million deal before the start of the ’18 season. Cobb had more success with the Rays, carrying a 3.50 ERA in 115 starts with Tampa Bay from ’11-17.

Cobb remains a strike-thrower with a low walk rate, but he has seen his strikeout rate decline in recent years. He has above-average breaking stuff, but he had one of the league’s worst hard-hit rates last year, per Baseball Savant.

The Angels are hopeful they can make some tweaks with Cobb, however, much like they did with Bundy, who was acquired in a trade with the Orioles last offseason and blossomed into the club’s best starter. It’s the third trade Los Angeles has made with Baltimore over the past year, as it also acquired shortstop José Iglesias from the O’s in early December.

With Cobb in the mix, it means the Angels are out on right-hander Trevor Bauer, who is the best starting pitcher available in free agency. The Halos and Bauer had been linked throughout the offseason, but they decided it would be better to spend their resources to improve multiple parts of the roster instead of spending it all on one star player.

Rhett Bollinger covers the Angels for MLB.com. He previously covered the Twins from 2011-18. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.



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