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Orioles’ Alex Cobb struggles in final start before trade deadline

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Orioles starter Alex Cobb saw his trade stock take a hit Saturday, when he allowed the Toronto Blue Jays to score five runs (four earned) over four innings in his final start before the Aug. 31 trade deadline.

Whether it will be his final start in an Orioles uniform as well is still to be determined. Baltimore has cooled off since jumping out to a 12-8 start to the season, dropping 10 of its last 12 games. As a result, the team appears headed toward selling at the trade deadline.

Cobb, who entered play Saturday with a 3.73 ERA and 6.3 K/9 over six starts, has been a bright spot in the Orioles’ rotation. He’s owed $15 million next season but could be moved at the deadline if there is a team willing to absorb his contract.

However, no one interested in his services could’ve been pleased with his results on the mound Saturday. Though he received little help from his defense, Cobb allowed eight hits and walked two batters with only a pair of strikeouts. He attempted to get through the fifth but was removed after allowing back-to-back Blue Jays to reach base.

It wasn’t all bad news for the Orioles, though. Fellow trade candidate José Iglesias went 2-4 with a double in his second game since being activated off the injured list. Iglesias was off to a torrid start to the season before being sidelined for nearly two weeks with a quad injury.

With multi-hit games in both contests he’s played this week, the veteran infielder is showing that he’s still capable of swinging the bat. Teams interested in middle infield help could turn to Iglesias given how thin the trade market is at the position.