RHP Alex Cobb never expected to be going into late January without knowing where he was going for spring training. The longtime Ray's first foray into free agency hasn't gone as planned, much like the 150-plus others waiting for something to give in a market colder than the weather. "You're full of excitement, you're rushing into this thing like, 'Oh, this is going to be a lot of fun, a great experience,' " Cobb said Friday. "Then somewhere between November and December you realize how slow things are going and you kind of start reading the writing on the wall that this is a little bit of a different offseason then years before. "Then you go through a little bit of a frustrating moment, frustrated with the process, frustrated with the way things are going. Then you kind of get to the point where you're like, 'Whatever. We're all in this same boat together.' You just kind of change your frame of mind to accepting the fact that this thing is going to go down to the wire and you get comfortable with that." The Cubs, with former Rays manager Joe Maddon and now pitching coach Jim Hickey, are rumored to be Cobb's likely destination, even with reports he turned down a three-year, $42 million deal. Going into the winter, he seemed in line for more like a four-year, $60 million deal, or $70 million-plus over five, so that makes sense.