Watching paint dry, a leaking bottle of molasses, watching grass grow, sloths, snails, this offseason….notice a trend? The slowest offseason I can imagine.
It is January 3rd and a plethora of free agents still haven’t donned their new team’s uniform in a press conference.
The Red Sox offseason has been highlighted by resigning Mitch Moreland to a 2 year deal, and small moves like Henry Owens being released & Mike Olt being brought back.
The main thing that has their offseason at a standstill, is Dombrowski waiting out on Scott Boras to lower asking price for one, JD Martinez. Whether they get him or not, the Sox would be wise on looking into the prospect of bringing in former Tampa Bay Ray, Alex Cobb.
There are 4 lefties in the rotation — Sale, Price, Pomeranz, and Eduardo Rodriguez. Not that common to have, especially in the power hitting AL East division. I’m not proposing a full on six man rotation from late March to October, but injuries do happen. ERod is already going to have a late start to the season and ideally it would be beneficial to have a 6 man rotation from the All Star break on.
Alex Cobb debuted during the 2011 season and has compiled a 3.50 ERA in 115 starts.
Against division opponents:
2.70 ERA vs Baltimore
3.43 ERA vs Boston
3.23 ERA vs Toronto
2.99 ERA vs New York.
The 30 year old Cobb has proven himself to be battle-tested against some of the toughest lineups in baseball.
Even before this terrible offseason started, not much was expected for a big signing. He’s made 22 or more starts, 3 times in the majors. MLB Trade Rumors estimates that Cobb will receive a contract near 4 years / $48 million. With Spring Training one month away, it is likely that Cobb will push his agent to sign.
Cobb is not known for high strikeout counts, but his bread & butter has him as one of the better pitchers in the league at inducing ground balls. Most notable pitch to get the sorely needed double play is his curveball, which can be at times his primary pitch.
He will average 40-50 walks a year, as he looks to pound the bottom of strike zone with his curve and nasty change up (as seen below).
He missed the 2015 season due to undergoing Tommy John surgery, coming back briefly for five starts at the end of the 2016 season. In 2017, he made 29 starts, putting up a 3.66 ERA in 179.1 innings.
Most notably concerning the Yankees towering lineup, the Sox need all the arms they can gather up to make a run for the postseason.
The Red Sox could certainly use a bulldog like Cobb, who was born in Boston.
We could get used to seeing that ferocious change up at Fenway.