Alex Cobb’s familiarity with AL East vital to Orioles

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By Rich Dubroff

SARASOTA, Fla. — Alex Cobb was the biggest name free agent still on the market, and the Baltimore Orioles never stopped showing interest in him. That interest paid off when Cobb officially signed a four-year, $57 million year deal March 21.
“It’s all joy right now,” Cobb said. “I’m not thinking about the struggles that were going on in the offseason right now. This is all about celebrating the contract and a new chapter in my life with the Orioles.”

The 30-year-old right-hander spent six seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, going 48-35 with a 3.50 ERA. But it was his American League East experience that was vital to the Orioles.

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