Baltimore Orioles close to deal with RHP Alex Cobb

This evening’s Baltimore Orioles game vs. Tampa in Sarasota has been rained out – it will not be made up. There are severe thunderstorms and even tornado warnings in the greater Sarasota area. You can check the Orioles’ website for refund information.

But there are bigger fish to fry. Yahoo Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan reported earlier this afternoon that the O’s were close to a deal with RHP Alex Cobb (formerly of Tampa). The deal is expected to be for three years, $50 million.

Over his six year career in Tampa, Cobb has amassed a 3.50 ERA, and a 48-35 record. He’s also very familiar with pitching in the AL East. Cobb is a veteran, and would be a great signing by the Orioles. He would really solidify their rotation a bit, which is something that the O’s haven’t had for some time.

Just a word of caution to folks – this deal isn’t done yet. We hear that the deal is close. But things could always fall apart. So stay tuned.

The Orioles will make their only camp visit to Tampa to take on the New York Yankees tomorrow. Hunter Harvey gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Luis Cessa. Game time is set for just after 6:30 PM.

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