Report: Orioles in discussion to trade Alex Cobb to Angels


The Baltimore Orioles are in the process of trading starting pitcher Alex Cobb to the Los Angeles Angels, The Athletic's Dan Connolly reported.

MLB reporter Mark Feinsand reported that the two teams are in trade talks, but a deal isn't done just yet.

Cobb, 33, enters the 2021 season on the last year of a four-year, $57 million deal he signed with the Orioles prior to the 2018 season. The right-hander is owed $15 million this season.

A 2006 draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays, Cobb had a few solid seasons early in his career after reaching the majors in 2011. However, after coming to Baltimore in 2018, he's been unable to consistently shine on the mound.

Cobb went 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA in 2018, followed by a 2019 season in which he only made three starts due to injuries. During the shortened 2020 season, Cobb was 2-5 with a 4.30 ERA.

Wins are not the best stat to define a pitcher, considering Baltimore struggled to win many games during this time, and Cobb did have a 1.0 WAR in 2018 and 1.2 WAR in 2020. Still, he's a name that appeared in trade talks over the last season or so as Baltimore looked to move on from the veteran during the rebuild.

The Angels are now reportedly working to add another capable arm to a starting rotation that has numerous options for the upcoming season as Joe Maddon and company try to take advantage of having Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani on their roster.

As for Baltimore, Cobb's potential departure will add another variable to a rotation that isn't locked up as Spring Training approaches. Cobb was viewed as the only lock besides John Means, with Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer vying for spots as well.