Ball Josh Hamilton dropped in game 162 last year auctioned off for $1,280


Headline says it all:


I wonder who bought it. If it was a fan from California the Rangers beat writers would have to question where the scoreboard stands on whose fans are the best, seeing as though they are obsessed with that these days.

As for that ball: I guess you can look at it one of two ways. The game was tied 5-5 when Hamilton dropped it, giving the A’s a 7-5 lead, so perhaps it is symbolic and meaningful. At the same time, the A’s scored five more runs after that, so it’s not like Hamilton’s error was decisive either. It was part of a total team failure, really. Even if Hamilton is the one that gets all the grief for it.


Report: Alex Cobb expected to sign soon

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Update (5:36 PM ET): Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Orioles are close to an agreement with Cobb. The contract is believed to be at least three years and in the range of $50 million.


Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that free agent pitcher Alex Cobb is expected to sign with a team soon. He notes that the Orioles are believed to be the favorite for Cobb’s services. Cobb has kept pushing for a multi-year contract rather than settling for a one-year deal.

Cobb, 30, posted a 3.66 ERA with a 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings for the Rays last season.

If Baltimore is indeed his next destination, Cobb will provide a much-needed boost to the Orioles’ starting rotation, which currently includes Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, and Chris Tillman.