#2 – Alex Cobb (Did you forget that he played for the Baltimore Orioles?)
The Ginger Hurler once graced Birdland after six semi-successful seasons in Tampa Bay. As a Baltimore Orioles, Alex Cobb’s time was relatively less successful and more disappointing. In Cobb’s tenure in Baltimore, he went 7-22 with an ERA around 6.41.
Not terrible when you look at the Orioles’ pitching stats from the last five years, but also not worth the amount spent. The Baltimore Orioles signed Cobb to a massive deal worth 57 million over four years of work. Those four years turned into three, and you saw the workload that he put in.
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Alex Cobb got roughly 38 million from that payout during those three seasons, meaning that he earned approximately $5,000,000 per win. Talk about those odds; give me that kind of money, and I will do whatever you want. Cobb was undoubtedly a veteran leader in the clubhouse but never amounted to anything that the Baltimore Orioles had hoped he would be.
The O’s will pay Alex 6.5 million this season and a little over 4.5 million until the 2025 campaign. He was signed during a time of conceivable hope for the Baltimore Orioles, as they still had a longing that postseason baseball wasn’t behind them. Is this the most destructive deal for the Orioles? No, but it would’ve been had the number one spot on this list wasn’t so outlandish.