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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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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets are interested in adding a starting pitcher, particularly Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn if prices fall.
At some point, there's going to be movement in the free agent market. It's hard to believe that Cobb and Lynn are still sitting out there this late into the offseason, but perhaps they are still waiting on Yu Darvish to sign before making their move. Either one would add depth and stability to the Mets' rotation. Feb 3 - 10:57 AM

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David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago said on the network's Cubs Talk Podcast on Thursday that Alex Cobb rejected a three-year, $42 million offer from the Cubs this offseason.

Kaplan hears that Cobb was "interested" in the offer but was convinced by his agent to turn it down. It's unclear when the offer was extended, but Kaplan says the Cubs would put it back on the table "in a second" if Cobb has a change of heart. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports has reported that Cobb "is believed to be willing to sign in the four-year, $70 million range," which is a bit less than the $20 million AAV he reportedly had been seeking. The Orioles, Cardinals, Rangers, Yankees and Brewers are other clubs that have been connected to Cobb.
Jan 5 - 5:13 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers are among the teams that have shown interest in Alex Cobb.

Morosi reports that the Brewers have spoken to Cobb recently, but that the Cubs are still considered among the favorites to land the right-handed starter. Earlier this month, it was reported that Cobb's asking price was around $20 million a year; an asking price that has had some teams soften their interest in the 30-year-old starter. While the asking price could be steep, there's no denying that he'd be an upgrade to the rotation, and could help them close the gap with the Cubs in the National League Central.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 03:36:00 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Alex Cobb's asking price of "about $20 million per year" has "lowered the temperature" on the Cubs' interest.

It's been reported that Cobb is the Cubs' top target as they look to fill out their rotation, but it sounds like they're hoping he lowers his demands. Chicago has been connected to Danny Salazar and Danny Duffy via trade as they seek alternatives. If he did wind up signing with the Cubs, Cobb would be reunited with pitching coach Jim Hickey.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 09:34:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs "seem focused on" Alex Cobb to round out their rotation.

The Cubs already added Tyler Chatwood, but they still have one rotation spot to fill with both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey expected to depart via free agency. New Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey was Cobb's pitching coach with the Rays, so it's easy to see the connection here. The right-hander is also drawing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 12:38:00 PM

CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine said the Cubs are "continuing their strong push to sign free agent right-hander Alex Cobb."

Levine says the link between the two is a poorly-kept secret, with former Rays and new Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey knowing Cobb well. The Cubs also have a defined need, with both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey likely gone. The Cubs aren't the only club with interest in the 30-year-old, as he's widely viewed as one of the better free agent starters available this winter. Some movement could come at next week's Winter Meetings.
Source: CBS Chicago
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 08:57:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that there are "lots" of teams showing interest in right-hander Alex Cobb, but no deal is close.

Considering how little there is in terms of starting pitching upgrades in this market and the fact that Cobb has shown the stuff to be a third starter -- perhaps even better -- it makes sense that the right-hander is taking his time and weighing all of the options. Unless a team blows Cobb away with a massive offer, this one could take some time to sort out. Veteran baseball analyst Peter Gammons guessed last week that the bidding would come down to the Cubs and Yankees.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 04:07:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rangers are showing sustained interest in free agent right-hander Alex Cobb.

The Rangers are in desperate need of an upgrade to their starting rotation, and they started the process by signing Doug Fister on Sunday. Cobb is expected to be one of the most highly-coveted arms on the free agent market this winter, with the Yankees and Cubs expected to be big players for his services.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 06:54:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 08:56:00 PM

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.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 12:55:00 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.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 11:26:00 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.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 05:25:00 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.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 10:20:00 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.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 01:44:00 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
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 09:54:00 AM