Alex Cobb agrees with Orioles on 4-year, $60M deal

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The Baltimore Orioles are nearing a deal with free-agent right-hander Alex Cobb, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

While those numbers look pretty good (certainly good compared to the Baltimore Orioles' staff), there's some reason to be concerned that regression is in order for Cobb this upcoming season. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal had earlier reported it was expected to be "at least" a three-year deal worth around $50 million. The ERA was better than any of Baltimore's primary starters, while the WHIP trailed only Dylan Bundy (1.20). Brett gives his thoughts on the deal and what it means for the Orioles.

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Cobb missed the entire 2015 season and most of the 2016 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery. 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.

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

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One of the last truly big names of the 2017-18 Major League Baseball free agent class is off the market. He owns a 21-13 record and a 3.08 ERA in his career against division opponents and Cobb's career ground-ball rate is 54 percent, though that fell to 47.8 percent last season.

He's pitched well against the Orioles - 6-2 with a 2.70 in 12 overall starts - but is 3-1 with a 4.62 ERA in seven starts at Camden Yards.

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Whether the Orioles will have the starting pitching depth to compete for a playoff spot remains to be seen. His career ERA is below 3.50 against each of the division rivals.

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