Since his arrival, Mike Elias has been all about replenishing the farm system here in Baltimore. In order to do that, trading away some pieces that don’t fit the plan is necessary, and 33-year-old Alex Cobb is the next guy on Elias’ list to go, as he is heading to the Angels. In exchange, the Orioles will receive Jahmai Jones, a former second round pick in 2015.
Coming in as the seventh ranked prospect in the Angels’ system, Jamhai Jones shows a lot of promise at second base, while also being someone who’s ready to come to the majors now rather than in two to three years. Last year, he went 3-for-7 at the plate with a single RBI in the majors.
In his minor league career, Jones has a slash line of .258/.338./.386 and a .724 OPS in five seasons. He has a 50+ scouting grade in hitting, fielding, running, and arm. Drafted as an outfielder, Jones now plays second base as well, serving potentially as a very useful tool in the Orioles’ lineup.
Being able to acquire this talent in this trade did come at a cost, however.
Since 2018, Cobb has won zero games in Camden Yards, had never finished with an ERA lower than 4.30, held an average 1.538 WHIP, and averaged 3.13 home runs per nine innings. That isn’t very good production at all for someone averaging $14 million a year.
In order to ship Cobb to the Angels, the Orioles are also paying half of his remaining $15 million salary. A definite hit, but acquiring a good prospect while freeing room for other prospects to shine on the mound is surely a positive deal.
We would like to thank Alex for his contributions to the club. Also, we’d like to welcome Jahmai to Birdland!
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