Billy Eppler Perry Minasian is once again talking to his favorite dance partner, this time to trade for yet another back end of the rotation pitcher (berp).
This berp happens to be Alex Cobb who debuted against the Angels in 2011, has pitched for Joe Maddon, and has had a pretty underwhelming past 3 seasons, including hip issues in 2019. Cobb does have an impressive splitter which can be useful when leveraged right, but it’s hard to have too high of a ceiling as a one trick pony.
The Angels are hoping Cobb can be durable in the rotation, despite having made just 13 starts with undesirable performance across the last two seasons. It appears the outlay will be less than $7.5mm.
Going to Baltimore is longtime Angels farmhand Jahmai Jones.
Converted to infield several season ago, Jones was blocked at second base by Angels regulars in David Fletcher and Luis Rengifo.
Time will tell how this one plays out, but it seems curious that the Angels rounded out the rotation with yet another back-end pitcher instead of signing James Paxton or Jake Odorizzi on the free agent market.