Cobb reportedly turned down $42 million from Cubs


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Charles LeClaire - USA Today Sports
Charles LeClaire - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs are trying to bolster their starting rotation for the 2018 baseball season and one of the key targets has been former Rays pitcher Alex Cobb.

Cubs insider David Kaplan shared on his podcast this week that the Cubs offered Cobb a three-year contract worth $42 million and Cobb thinking of accepting the deal but his representatives told him to reject the offer for more money. The Cubs have a standing $42 million offer for Cobb if he chooses to pick Chicago according to Kaplan.

Epstein doesn't want to give Cobb a fourth year on the deal while Cobb's agents want a much larger value per year or add a fourth year on any deal which they think they can get from some team.

For his career, the 30-year old has a 48-35 record with a 3.50 ERA with 570 strikeouts and 1.22 WHIP. He was 12-10 with 3.66 ERA with 128 strikeouts last season. His 1.22 WHIP was 10th best in the American League.

In 2016, he was 1-2 with 8.59 ERA with 16 strikeouts and 1.77 WHIP still recovering from the injury. Cobb had Tommy John surgery back in 2015 as he only pitched 22 total innings that season. In 2013, Cobb had his best year going 21-12 with 2.82 ERA in 49 starts.

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