It’s no secret that the Cubs are looking for starting pitching depth this season. Their no.5 starter as of now is currently slated to be either Mike Montgomery (mainly a reliever) or Brett Anderson (coming off injury). Being that the team is gunning for another championship, it makes sense to get as many pieces as you can. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggested that Rays’ RHP Alex Cobb may be one of those pieces. He reported that the Cubs along with some other teams have shown interest in acquiring the pitcher, who becomes a free agent after this season. Topkin particularly noted the Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers may emerge as front runners, as the two have “intimate connections” with the franchise (Cubs coach Joe Maddon managed the Rays for nine seasons and Dodgers exceutive Andrew Friedman used to be the general manager).
Cobb, 29, has had a rocky career thus far in the MLB. After two stellar seasons in 2013-2014, he underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2015, knocking him out for all of that year. He began 2016 on the 60-day disabled list and returned late last year, posting an 8.59 ERA in five starts. Cobb likely won’t come cheap, especially if he gets back to his pre-TJ surgery form. However, if the Cubs acquire him they’d build upon an already strong rotation and, among other things, be able to slot Montgomery back into his LH reliever position, where he’s excelled since coming to the Cubs.
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