This weekend, we talked about the other teams that might be pushing for free agent righty Alex Cobb, including the Yankees and the Orioles. The Cubs may well still be the favorite for Cobb, who has said money isn’t the big thing for him … but the truth is, the more teams that get seriously involved, the more likely it is that money could make the difference at the margins.
It’s a nice thought that they’ll focus on fit and feel and winning, but when guys get that crack at free agency – maybe their only crack – they can’t be blamed for taking the most they can get. So if a whole lot of teams are swirling on Cobb, his hope to get a five-year deal might become more and more plausible.
To that end, you can add the Rangers to the mix of teams that appear to be seriously interested in the 30-year-old righty. Local media notes how desperately the Rangers need starting pitching, and Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers have reached out to his representatives.
Cobb was a tremendously successful pitcher (albeit in limited innings) before Tommy John surgery in 2015. He was solid in 2017, but there were significant red flags in his peripherals, and his previously plus changeup virtually vanished. The Cubs have a need for starting pitching, and Cobb has previously worked with the Cubs’ manager and pitching coach. He was not shy about sharing his affection for both.
Everything points to the Cubs and Cobb marrying up this offseason, except for the fact that, in a thin market, and given his upside, there will be a whole lot of teams involved (as we’re seeing). You simply can’t assume the Cubs will get him on a reasonable deal (or get him at all) just because the fit looks so obvious on paper.
And if the bidding gets crazy, missing out doesn’t always prove to be the worst outcome.