Jon Heyman: Orioles starters Cobb, Cashner clear waivers

Orioles starters Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner have both cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded to any of the other 29 teams.

Insiders are predicting an active second trade deadline with no fewer than eight National League teams jockeying for three division titles and two wild card berths. All eight teams are within 3.5 games of the division.

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There aren't a plethora of viable starting pitchers on non-contending teams with a chance to be dealt, especially ones who haven't already been blocked on waivers. That includes Matt Harvey, who was pulled back by the Reds after the Brewers won the claim on him, apparently because Reds owner Bob Castellini has a keen interest in signing Harvey long-term. Marco Estrada of the Jays is another starter with a good chance to clear waivers based on his $13 million salary, and it's unknown whether he has cleared already.

Similarly, it's unclear how strong the interest may be in Cobb and Cashner, but Cobb in particular has been very effective lately. After an awful start following a late-spring signing, the former Rays starter has regained top form and has a 2.15 ERA since the All-Star break, lowering his overall mark to 5.00. Scouts say he has found his patented split-fingered pitch (or changeup, depending on what it's called), which seems to be vital to his effectiveness.

Cobb has $46 million to go through 2021, so he doesn't come cheap, obviously. Cashner, who has a 4.84 ERA, has $9 million to go through next year.


The Orioles were the most active seller at the first trade deadline, dealing superstar Manny Machado and several others, and picking up 15 players and significant international money (to bring them past $8 million) while saving upwards of $60 million, counting predictable arbitration awards they won't be paying now for players who have been traded away.

Players need to be moved by the Aug. 31 waiver deadline to be eligible for postseason rosters.

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