Indians unlikely to deal Wood this offseason

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Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com report that the Indians are unlikely to trade Kerry Wood this offseason.

According to the report, in order to trade him they would have to eat a
significant chunk of Wood’s $10.5 million salary for 2010. With the
overabundance of closers available this winter, the demand doesn’t
figure to be very high. Buster Olney of ESPN.com had similar thoughts two weeks ago.



Wood, 32, posted a 4.25 ERA, 1.38
WHIP and 20 saves in 26 chances in 2009, but was very solid after the
All-Star break, putting up a 2.96 ERA and 30/11 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3
innings.




According the report, the Indians
may hang onto him until they fall out of contention around June or July, so
Wood’s salary won’t be as much of an obstacle on a potential trade.

One thing to keep an eye
on is Wood’s vesting option for 2011. It becomes guaranteed if he finishes 55 games next season. Wood finished 50 in 2009.

Report: Orioles interested in Alex Cobb

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MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent right-hander Alex Cobb, who rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Rays earlier this week. Cobb was most recently linked to the Cubs, who reportedly reached out to his agent during the GM Meetings and garnered mutual interest from the righty, but nothing appears to be set in stone yet.

Cobb, 30, completed his sixth season with the Rays in 2017. He went 12-10 in 29 starts and turned in a respectable 3.66 ERA, 6.4 SO/9 and career-best 2.2 BB/9 in 179 1/3 innings. Despite losing a couple of weeks to turf toe, he remained healthy for most of the year and showed no signs of the elbow issues that robbed him of the majority of his 2015-2016 campaigns.

It’s still fairly early for any deals to come to fruition, but Morosi notes that the Orioles seem to be focused on bulking up their rotation during the first few months of the offseason. It’ll take more than a healthy Alex Cobb to right that ship, however: Orioles’ starters earned a collective 5.70 ERA and 5.5 fWAR in 2017, good for worst and fourth-worst marks in the league, respectively. Behind Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy (and perhaps Gabriel Ynoa/Miguel Castro), they still need three viable starters to compete in 2018. Whether or not they can afford to spring for a single starter with Cobb’s price tag (four years, $48 million, per MLB Trade Rumors) remains to be seen.