Who is Alex Cobb and why is he a perfect fit for the Orioles' rotation?

Orioles reporters Jon Meoli and Eduardo A. Encina discuss the team’s four-year agreement with right-hander Alex Cobb and how he fits into a rotation that’s now been upgraded from last season with Andrew Cashner and now Chris Tillman since spring training started.

Key facts and figures about Alex Cobb, who the Orioles reached a four-year agreement with Tuesday:

Height, weight: 6 feet 3, 205 pounds


Age: 30 (born Oct. 7, 1987, in Boston)

Throws, bats: Right-handed


The Orioles have signed pitchers late in spring training before, as they did with Ubaldo Jiménez and Yovani Gallardo. But there's little precedent for getting a pitcher ready who signs as late as they're about to bring in Alex Cobb.

Drafted: Fourth round in 2006 by the Tampa Bay Rays out of Vero Beach (Fla.) High School

2017 stats: 12-10, 3.66 ERA (Appeared in 29 games, all starts, and threw a career high 179 1/3 innings)

Career stats: 48-35, 3.50 ERA (115 games, all starts); has 570 strikeouts in 700 innings

Career against the American League East: 21-13 record and 3.08 ERA

Why the Orioles signed him: He’s easily the best starting pitcher available and the Orioles needed at least one more. With an everyday lineup that has the ability to compete in the AL East, the Orioles needed a starting rotation to match. Cobb has had success in the division.

The Orioles were criticized all winter for doing little to upgrade their rotation. Take a look at it now.

Did you know ...

» Cobb’s family moved to Florida from Boston when he was 2?

» He served as a Los Angeles Dodgers batboy when the team trained in Vero Beach?

» He was committed to Clemson in 2006 when he was drafted by the Rays?

» Made his debut with the Rays on May 1, 2011, pitching 4 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels and giving up four earned runs?

» Has an older brother, R.J., who was an Army commander and earned a Purple Heart?

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