John Axford compares Tim Tebow to Kim Kardashian, inevitable backlash ensues

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Brewers reliever John Axford, having no doubt witnessed the incredible media attention paid to Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow simply arriving at training camp, sent out this tweet:

Not surprisingly Axford got some flak from what must be an absolutely amazing social intersection of Tim Tebow fans and Kim Kardashian fans, at which point he tweeted:

It’s never a great sign when you need four follow-up posts to explain your initial post, but Axford basically just made a variation of the same joke everyone makes about the Kardashians and based on his past tweeting he seems like a nice, funny, smart guy. Also, if what Axford said about their respective talent levels is true perhaps Tebow should try throwing with his pinky finger.

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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.