First things first, can we talk about how Bruce Levine (or his editors) are throwing shade at David Kaplan with a title that reads, “Alex Cobb Still The Big Fish Cubs Hope To Reel In?” I’m not saying it’s a Moby Dick move or anything, just seems like way more than a coincidence in the wake of Kap’s story about how Shohei Ohtani is Theo Epstein’s white whale.
Regardless of how we prefer to anthropomorphize large sea creatures, the Cubs are dealing with different timelines on each pitcher and neither necessarily impacts the other. Ohtani’s about to embark on a whirlwind courtship reminiscent of The Bachelor, as he’ll have only three weeks to choose a team once he’s posted. Cobb, on the other hand, may need to receive a proposal much sooner.
With a little over a week to go before the Winter Meetings, the Cubs are one of several suitors — we’re aware of at least the Brewers, Orioles, Rangers, and Twins — for the former Rays’ services. Their employment of his former manager and pitching coach certainly weigh heavily in their favor and Cobb has spoken glowingly of both men, Jim Hickey in particular.
Source:: Cubs Insider