As the Winter Meetings approach, it is very clear that the Red Sox will be aggressive in fixing their power outage. However, would they be interested in upgrading their pitching staff?
Enter Alex Cobb.
For many Red Sox fan’s Cobb is a very familiar name. Since he first broke into the majors in 2011, he’s spent the first six years as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
During that time, he’s compiled a 48 – 35 record with a 3.50 ERA.
He has had his share of injuries, which include missing all of the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. He returned briefly at the tail-end of the 2016 season and in his first full season post-Tommy John surgery, he posted a 3.66 ERA in a career-high 179 1/3 innings in 2017.
Cobb was born in Boston and would be an interesting buy-low candidate to join the rotation, which has been consistently plagued by injury. Eduardo Rodriguez isn’t expected to return until late June, or around the All-Star Break in July after undergoing knee surgery.
The importance of experience in the American League East can’t be overstated. Whether it be the high-powered offenses, or the hitter-friendly ballparks, the AL East wreaks havoc on pitchers.
Despite the usual track record, Cobb has actually excelled against the East.
Cobb is projected to receive a four-year deal via MLB Trade Rumors, but may be inclined to sign a shorter deal if his hometown enticed him.