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By Ross Sutton
News broke on Tuesday that the orioles have signed starting pitcher Alex Cobb to a 4-year deal worth $57M. According to Jon Heyman, this deal also includes a no-trade clause. Cobb is a solid pitcher in the league, but the reason I am writing about this signing is because of how much Cobb received from the Orioles. The average annual value of this deal is $14.25M, which I do not believe is too much for Cobb, especially when you consider how much the Orioles needed a reliable starter. But when you compared Cobb’s deal to the 1-year deal for $12M that Lance Lynn signed with the Twins, Cobb’s deal is significantly better. Cobb’s representatives clearly did a great job in negotiating this deal and even though it took much longer than it should have, Cobb is getting the deal he deserves.
Even though it is has been reported that Cobb will start the season in the minors as a way for him to get ready for the season, this signing is very important for the Orioles. Baltimore now has a much better starting rotation that will feature Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Dylan Bundy, Chris Tillman, and Kevin Gausman. I would say that this is an average starting rotation, but it might be enough for the Orioles to hang around in the wild card race until closer Zach Britton returns from his achilles injury. As I said in my Orioles season preview, the Baltimore offense needs to be great in order for the team to be serious playoff contenders.
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