San Francisco Giants beat writer Susan Slusser, however, just reported that the Giants are "making a strong push" for the starting pitcher.
I do think he could be a match for the Giants. The Giants proved last year that they can develop solid starting pitchers into some of the league's best, after not breaking the bank to get them. They may end up losing some of those guys (Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood, or Kevin Gausman for instance) to us or other teams who need starting pitching.
Re-loading with players like Cobb sounds good for them, and they seem to like Cobb maybe even more than us.
The LA Angels haven't seemed to make a commitment to re-signing Alex Cobb.
It's concerning for LA Angels fans who like Cobb, to not have heard anything about the team having interest in keeping him up to this point.
It cast some doubt on our prospects of keeping him around. Now, there's finally some news about Cobb, but it's news about him leaving our team.
Look, Cobb is one of the better free agents on the market this offseason, even in a stacked starting pitching market. He was always going to be sought after pretty hard if the Angels didn't move quickly.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted Cobb to leave the Angels; all three of their writers they asked did. They, however, had him going to Kansas City, Boston, or Oakland.
Now the Angels have even more competition. Good competition. And competition that is clearly at work and being aggressive.
Cobb is coming off a year when he went 8-3 in 18 starts, posting a 3.76 ERA and an incredible 2.92 FIP. Striking out batters at a rate we hadn't seen before from Cobb, 9.5 K/9 innings, he's got impressive stuff that was rightfully going to draw interest around the league.
Unfortunately, we're not acting like he's the commodity that he is to other teams.