Gerrit Cole, the Yankees and the Value of the Long Game

World Series champion joins Yankees brass to recruit top free-agent pitchers: reports

Earlier this week, the Yankees flew across the country to meet with stud pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg in their hometown of Orange County, CA.

Check out the audio below as New York Mets homer Jason Smith DARES the Yankees to sign Cole this winter.

The Yankees have reportedly received ownership approval to offer Cole a record-breaking contract and the same nearly certainly goes for both teams from Los Angeles.

The market for free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole is heating up before MLB's winter meetings with organizations preparing their initial offers as three teams now emerge as the co-favorites to land him. SNY reported NY wants Cole "more than they've wanted a top free agent in years".

As one general manager asked the other day, "Where are all these teams going to find the starting pitching they need?" "Cole is now in the midst of a decision to play with the Angels or Dodgers - close to his hometown of Newport Beach - or travel cross-country take his talents to NY." .


It's not only the Yankees, Angels and Dodgers who need starting pitching.

Washington Nationals beginning pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws towards the Houston Astros through the first inning of Recreation 6 of the baseball World Sequence Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Houston.

Cole was 20-5 with an American League-best 2.50 ERA and a big league-high 326 strikeouts this year for the AL champion Astros.

"I'll be flying back out after this event and in the meantime staying engaged", said Cashman, who declined to say if another meeting with either pitcher was planned.

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