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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: The Orioles get their man

The Rays get their draft pick.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

We finally have the free agent news we’ve been waiting for in this bizarre, slow offseason. Alex Cobb signed with the Rays’ division rivals, the Orioles, so we’ll get plenty of opportunity to see him back in the Trop. Normally it’s a bad thing to see good free agents sign within the division, but in this case there’s a silver lining.

The draft pick compensation the Rays were set to receive depended on the size of the deal Cobb signed. By holding out and refusing to take a deal below what he saw as his value Alex Cobb crossed the $50 million threshold, and ended up with $57 million over four years. Jeff Sullivan wrote about the signing, and how Alex Cobb’s patience payed off. If Cobb had taken a smaller, shorter deal, like Lance Lynn did, the Rays would be losers in the transaction.

As Bill Chastain explains, the Rays will now receive a second pick (they already had one) before Competitive Balance Round A, meaning they’ll have the 31st and 32nd picks of the draft.

Meanwhile, one of the lead contenders for Bullpen Day, Ryan Yarbrough, was on the mound against the Red Sox.

Yarbrough was fine, but the Rays as a whole struggled, and manager Kevin Cash didn’t sound too happy with the effort.

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