MLBTR Chat Transcript: Harvey, Vlad Jr., O’s, Reds, More By Steve Adams | May 8, 2018 at 2:13pm CDT Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.
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Not sure how Steve Adams can claim that Cashner and Cobb were mistakes by the O’s. Both deals looked good to me the—and still do now. Am I missing something?
You’re kidding right? Cashner’s barely rosterable, and Cobb, while he should be better than he’s been thus far, is a back-end guy with injury problems who they gave $60M and cost them a draft pick
I wouldn’t go as far to say barely rosterable. Cashner has had a few good starts. Cobb was overpaid and I said that when they signed him. I would have been fine with like 3/40 or something but 4/57 was way over the top.
Cobb was firmly a mid-rotation starter coming into this year, no one would’ve classified him as back-end.
Cobb’s stuff has just never really come all the way back. in 2017 he gave up a hit an inning, had a below-average K-rate, the home run rate spiked – he’s just not that good. He’s not really overpaid – 12 million/year isn’t terrible for a #4-5 starter altough most teams would pair that with better starters or cheap prospects, which the O’s don’t.
If you’re watching Andrew Cashner pitch and somehow think he’s an acceptable major-league starter I don’t know how to help you. He’s allowed more than a hit an inning this year and 2 homers/9. Last season he struck out the fewest/9 of any starter in baseball – he had a K/BB of 86/64 in 167 innings. He isn’t good. I’m a Padres fan and I remember when he came up and he was going to be good and he had a couple glimpses but….nope.
Are you joking?