Once the ink dried on Alex Cobb‘s four-year/$57 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles, several reports surfaced that the San Diego Padres were deep in discussions with Cobb until the last minutes before he ultimately signed in Baltimore to remain in the AL East.
It is not clear how deep the team was in conversations with him or if an offer was ever made to the right-handed pitcher. But it’s still intriguing that the Padres were eyeing Cobb this late into the Cactus League season.
We heard these rumors also after Jake Arrieta signed with the Phillies a few weeks ago. The Padres were in contact with Arrieta as they were interested in the pitcher to some extent. Again, we don’t know if an offer was made, nor do we know how serious the club was about signing either pitcher.
Perhaps the Padres were doing their due diligence in speaking to players whose value had gone below fair market value. Both Arrieta and Cobb signed deals after their value took a significant hit during this winter. If their price dropped far enough, maybe the Padres were prepared to pounce.
Sure, the Padres would like a young, healthy, established starter to be labeled as the “Ace” of the staff. Someone who provides leadership to the youth, while at the same time performs every fifth day. Clayton Richard has taken the role of ace for this team, as he is a great mentor for the young hurlers, but he just isn’t capable of being dominant each and every fifth day. He will have hiccups now and then as he relies more on moxie than “stuff” on the mound.
Richard is still very serviceable for this young team, but the Padres seem to have visions of teaming him with another veteran hurler atop the rotation. Tyson Ross fits that mold right now. He has been healthy in the spring and has shown some ability on the mound. However, expecting him to show that the whole season would be optimistic to say the least. Ross should make the team in some manner, but given his age and the seriousness of the surgery he is recovering from, Tyson Ross should not be relied on for a heavy workload. With that being said, the big right-hander is capable of big things in 2018. To write him off would be unwise.
At this point, the Padres will continue to do their homework when it comes to signing or acquiring a starting pitcher.
If you are looking for some more potential names for the Padres to kick the tires on soon, you are in luck.
Let’s review some names to keep an eye on.
PAGE 2 LINK BELOW