The New York Yankees need Gerrit Cole for the 2020 season

The New York Yankees need Gerrit Cole for the 2020 season

However, this recent development is very encouraging news for the Yankees.

It could be said that Gerrit Cole is the best free agent in the market (either he or Anthony Rendon, depending on how he would classify the pitch against the batting) and the New York Yankees, looking for an elite headline, are in a big search.

As Sherman pointed out in his column, the fact that the Yankees travel to meet the right-handers shows a level of investment that they have not recently shown with free agents; Last year, Patrick Corbin, who signed a $ 140 million deal with the Nationals and helped his new team to the 2019 World Series title, had to travel to Yankee Stadium to meet with the Bronx bosses.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports Cole and Strasburg already have met with interested teams in Southern California ahead of the upcoming winter meetings in San Diego, with the Yankees next on the list. Yankees believe he's built for NYC but have been anxious he preferred LA.

The Yankees have long coveted Cole.


"While the expectation going into the offseason was that negotiations with Cole could stretch into January, the clear willingness of teams to engage in high-year, high-dollar deals could ratchet up the timetable", Passan wrote.

Cole is 94-52 with a 3.22 ERA in 192 games (all starts) in seven seasons. However, the franchise clearly loves Cole, as it selected him in the first round of the 2008 draft (Cole went to UCLA instead, later becoming the No. 1 overall pick of the Pirates) and tried to trade for him a couple years ago.

The current record for a pitcher was the 7-year, $217 million deal David Price got from the Red Sox.

Last season with the Astros Cole held an ERA of 2.50 with a record of 20-5 in 212.1 innings pitched, adding this to the Yankees rotation previous season would've been huge.

Not only do they remain as one of the favorites to sign Cole, but they have also just received reassurance from the 2019 AL Cy Young runner-up about their chances of prying him away from La La Land as well. However, just over a month before Tanaka, the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury for a seven-year, $ 153 million contract that has been a disaster.

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