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Alex Cobb Signs with the Orioles

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  • Alex Cobb has agreed to a deal with the Orioles. The contract is reportedly a four-year deal worth $57 million. Cobb, who was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season, will remain in the AL East but sport a different uniform in 2018. Cobb missed all of 2015 and most of 2016 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. His bounce back in 2017 was a great sign. The K/9 of 6.5 is troubling but Cobb was never really a strikeout pitcher to begin with. This might not have been the landing spot to best increase his value but at least he has a team as we are just eight days away from Opening Day.
  • Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, who named Leonys Martin the team’s everyday leadoff hitter, says he plans to be aggressive with Martin on the bases. The Tigers are probably going to be a bad in 2018, but Martin’s fantasy stock continues to rise. Last year, he hit just .172 with three home runs over 49 games. He’s attributed this to a change in his swing in which he increased his launch angle drastically. From his career, prior to 2017, Martin was a .252 hitter with a 162-game average stat line of 10 home runs 31 stolen bases and 68 runs scored. His OBP is still worrisome at .305 but with two 30-steal campaigns under his belt, Martin offers sneaky speed with an ADP of 499 overall. Lastly, his spring slash line is .311/.340/.556 with three homers and a steal.

A few more quick hitters:

  • Over 34 spring at bats, Mike Trout has zero strikeouts.
  • The Red Sox announced their 1-2-3 starters as Chris Sale, David Price, and Rick Porcello.
  • Ian Desmond will begin the season as the Rockies everyday first baseman.
  • Padres outfielder Alex Dickerson will undergo Tommy John surgery and will likely miss all of the 2018 season.