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Alex Cobb | Starting Pitcher | #53

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 4 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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According to Peter Gammons of, the battle for Alex Cobb is likely to come down to the Cubs and the Yankees.
Both large-market powerhouses are in the hunt for upgrades to their starting rotations and Cobb is one of the most appealing options available on the free agent market. The right-hander got stronger as the 2017 season went on, his first full year back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 3.52 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 64 innings after the All-Star break. Nov 19 - 8:56 PM

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles are interested in free agent right-hander Alex Cobb.

Cobb is on the market after rejecting the Rays' one-year qualifying offer. He was quite impressive in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, registering a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings. He should do very well in free agency.
Nov 18 - 12:55 PM

RHP Alex Cobb rejected the Rays' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Cobb might not wind up getting that much on an average annual basis on his new contract, but he's in line to receive a multi-year deal this winter, making it a pretty easy call to reject the offer. He held a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this past season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery.
Nov 17 - 11:26 AM

Alex Cobb and every other free agent given qualifying offers declined said offer prior to Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline.

There wasn't much doubt this was coming. Since the rewards have been lessened, no team gave a qualifying offer to a borderline player who might have accepted it, such as Zack Cozart or Andrew Cashner. Cobb, Greg Holland and Wade Davis might ultimately sign for less per year than the $17.4 million the qualifying offer was worth, but all will get multiyear deals. It certainly wasn't a consideration for the other six to get the offer: Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Santana and Lance Lynn.
Nov 16 - 5:25 PM

Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago reports that the Cubs have already met with Alex Cobb's agent, Danny Horwits.

Given Cobb's history with Cubs manager Joe Maddon and new pitching coach Jim Hickey, it's one of the more logical fits out there. As these situations usually do, it will come down to the money, but there's mutual interest here. Cobb hasn't officially turned down his qualifying offer from the Rays, but it's a foregone conclusion. The 30-year-old posted a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery.
Nov 14 - 10:20 PM

Alex Cobb told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he has not made a decision yet on whether he'll accept the Rays' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that all nine of the players who were made qualifying offers would decline them. The report will almost surely wind up being true, but it appears Cobb hasn't officially made up his mind yet. The deadline to make a decision is Thursday.
Nov 13 - 1:44 PM

New Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey believes the Cubs should pursue Alex Cobb.

Considering Hickey was Cobb's pitching coach in Tampa Bay just about 15 minutes ago, you would think his advice would be taken into consideration. "I’d say, ‘Go ahead, good job, yeah I’m on board,'" Hickey said on the Spiegel and Parkins Show on Thursday. Hickey also noted that they've already discussed several free-agent starters and relievers. Considering the Cubs need for pitching, and the Tampa Bay connection, this one almost makes too sense.
Source: CBS Chicago
Nov 10 - 9:54 AM

Rays extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to RHP Alex Cobb.

An expected move. Cobb will almost certainly decline and land a multi-year deal elsewhere. The Cubs seem to be a natural fit, but they'll have plenty of competition. Cobb, 30, posted a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery.
Nov 6 - 3:46 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Alex Cobb will receive a $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Rays.

The 30-year-old right-hander is expected to be one of the most coveted starting pitchers on the free agent market and should have no trouble at all securing a lucrative multi-year contract, so there's little-to-no chance that he'll accept the qualifying offer from the Rays.
Nov 5 - 11:26 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that Alex Cobb is "still coveted" by the Rangers.

The Rangers had trade talks with the Rays last offseason about Cobb and apparently remained interested in him as he hits free agency. Wilson lists Cobb as the team's No. 1 potential pitching target this winter, with Lance Lynn, Yu Darvish, Andrew Cashner and Addison Reed also making the list.
Nov 5 - 3:22 PM

Alex Cobb won't make another start in 2017.

Rays manager Kevin Cash made it official on Tuesday night, citing Cobb's big workload. The 29-year-old impending free agent finishes the 2017 season with a 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings. He threw just 22 innings at the major league level in 2016 due to complications related to his 2015 Tommy John surgery. Jacob Faria will take the ball Thursday versus the Yankees.
Sep 26 - 10:37 PM

The Rays could make it official on Tuesday that Alex Cobb will skip his final start of the season.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times wrote over the weekend that skipping Cobb's final start was likely. While nothing is official yet, that appears to be how the Rays are leaning. There's no reason to push things at this point, as the Rays are out of contention and Cobb has thrown 179 1/3 innings with a 3.66 ERA in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. He should be a highly-coveted pitcher on the free agent market this offseason.
Sep 26 - 9:40 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times believes that the Rays could decide to skip Alex Cobb's final start of the season.

The right-hander is in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and has already logged 179 1/3 innings. Rather than push him any further, the Rays may decide to just sit him down as they are out of contention. He has had a very solid season overall, registering a 12-10 record, 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 128/44 K/BB ratio. He'll be one of the top starting pitchers available on the free agent market this winter and has positioned himself very well for a nice payday.
Sep 23 - 9:09 AM

Alex Cobb logged a quality start in Friday's victory over the Orioles, allowing three runs on nine hits over his six frames.

Cobb fanned four and walked one in the ballgame. The Orioles scratched out a pair of runs in the second inning and Chris Davis slugged a solo homer in the fourth, but Cobb was able to limit the damage otherwise. Now 12-10 on the season, he'll look to finish the season strong when he does battle against the Yankees in New York on Thursday.
Sep 22 - 10:24 PM

Alex Cobb took a loss to the Red Sox after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings on Saturday.

He served up a solo homer to Mookie Betts in the second inning and then allowed RBI hits to Betts and Rafael Devers in the sixth. Cobb struck out five batters without issuing a walk in the contest. He falls to 11-10 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 28 starts. It has been a nice bounce-back campaign for Cobb after he missed almost all of the last two seasons to injury.
Sep 16 - 9:05 PM

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