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OC Register: Angels finalize trade for Alex Cobb

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The Angels completed the deal for right-hander Alex Cobb on Tuesday night, picking up a starter and paying only a fraction of his salary.

The deal, which was first reported on Monday, brings Cobb from the Baltimore Orioles, who are reportedly still responsible for $10 million of his $15 million salary. Some of the remaining $5 million will be deferred.

The Angels sent infielder Jahmai Jones to Baltimore. Jones was the No. 7 prospect in the Angels’ system, according to MLB Pipeline, but his path to playing time in 2020 was blocked by David Fletcher, Luis Rengifo and Franklin Barreto.

Angels general manager Perry Minasian is scheduled to speak to the media about the trade on Wednesday morning.

The deal doesn’t do much for the top of the Angels’ rotation, which is still a little thin, but Cobb could be a serviceable starter in the middle or back of the rotation if he can regain his previous form.

The 33-year-old has a career 3.88 ERA, although most of his success was before he had Tommy John surgery, as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. Since signing a four-year deal with the Orioles prior to the 2018 season, Cobb has a 5.64 ERA.

Cobb also has been one of the worst pitchers in the majors at allowing hard contact.

He becomes the fourth member of the Angels’ rotation who is signed only through 2021. The Angels signed José Quintana to a one-year deal last month, and both Andrew Heaney and Dylan Bundy will be eligible for free agency for the first time after the season.

Griffin Canning and Shohei Ohtani also figure to be part of the rotation, with Jaime Barria, Patrick Sandoval and Jose Suarez also competing for an opportunity. Prospects Chris Rodriguez and Reid Detmers also could make their big league debuts in 2021.

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