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Sport Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

08:00  03 december  2019
08:00  03 december  2019 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

Gerrit Cole and New York Yankees agree to contract, report says

  Gerrit Cole and New York Yankees agree to contract, report says Gerrit Cole will be ending his free agency sweepstakes and signing with x, according to reports.According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, MLB's top free agent will be signing with the New York Yankees.

Gerrit Cole ; Brian Cashman; Stephen Strasburg Getty (2), N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg. Cole ’s agent, Scott Boras, said in a text Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final four years of his deal with the Nationals, coming off a World Series MVP honor. Dallas Keuchel, who the Yankees pursued as a

Strasburg , the reigning World Series Most Valuable Player for the Nationals, and Cole , the Astros’ ace whom the Yankees drafted in 2008 only to not sign him When asked to identify his list of priorities as the offseason begins in earnest, with the Yankees set to meet with other clubs as well as player

The Yankees’ rotation was under fire throughout 2019, a year in which they came a couple victories short of their first World Series appearance since 2009. The reigning AL East winners are now focusing on upgrading their starting staff, as they’re seriously considering going after the premier starting pitchers on the market. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required), New York’s prioritizing right-hander Gerrit Cole – who, as a member of the Astros – helped knock the Yankees out of the ALCS. The Yankees are also interested in the No. 2 starter available, righty Stephen Strasburg, and they’ll sit down with him and Cole in California sometime over the next two days, Rosenthal reports.

Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg ahead of Winter Meetings

  Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg ahead of Winter Meetings The Yankees could be looking to go big this offseason, as they will meet with Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.Ultimately, the Yankees were successful in wooing Sabathia – who preferred to pitch in his home state of California – to the Bronx with a seven-year, $161 million deal.

“Players like Strasburg , players like Gerrit Cole , they're going to make informed decisions that are in their best interest,” Cashman said. Asked whether the Yankees could retain those free agents and still aggressively pursue big tickets like Cole or Strasburg , Cashman replied

Giancarlo StantonI Want Cole & Strasburg w/ Yanks 'Let's Go, Both Of 'Em!' Giancarlo Stanton is ready for two more superstar teammates the Yankees outfielder tells TMZ Sports he wants NYY to sign BOTH Gerrit Cole AND Stephen Strasburg !!

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Since the Yankees’ season ended, general manager Brian Cashman hasn’t made it any secret that they’ll scan the top of the market for starting help. However, as deep-pocketed as the Yankees are, it has been quite some time since they’ve gone to the lengths it would require to sign either Cole or Strasburg in free agency.

Cole is likely in line to obliterate the largest contract ever for a pitcher – the seven-year, $217M deal David Price signed with the Red Sox entering 2016 – while the World Series MVP Strasburg could approach $200M in his own right. Pacts like that could be problematic for New York if it wants to avoid severe luxury-tax penalties in 2020. In the estimation of Jason Martinez of FanGraphs and Roster Resource, the Yankees are already at roughly $215M toward the luxury tax for next season, putting them over the first level of $208M. The second and third levels of $228M and $248M, respectively, would obviously be much harder to avoid with Cole or Strasburg in the mix.

Why the Yankees should be interested in these free agent pitchers

  Why the Yankees should be interested in these free agent pitchers There are a few great starters on the free agent market. What is it that makes each of those pitchers so good?There are several big pitching names on the free agent market this offseason that the Yankees could take advantage of. Those names consist of Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Madison Bumgarner and Dallas Keuchel. Each of these pitchers brings something very different to the table, so let’s take a look at what each one does best.

Arguing that a team “can never have too many” top-tier talents on the roster, Giancarlo Stanton recently suggested that the New York Yankees should not limit themselves to the pursuit of one free-agent ace and instead go after both Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg .

Why stop at Gerrit Cole when owner Hal Steinbrenner could sign Stephen Strasburg , too. “You can never go wrong with Cole and Strasburg The Yankees figure to be in pursuit of both Cole , the hottest name on the free agent starting pitching market, and Strasburg , nearly his equal, this offseason.

Owner Hal Steinbrenner spoke about possibly spending over the largest tax threshold Monday, telling the YES Network (via Tim Healey of Newsday): “It’s a big deal. It’s something we would certainly prefer not to do because there are June draft ramifications, there are numerous ramifications. But that is something I would consider.”

Indeed, if the Yankees were to go past $248M, their draft slot would fall 10 places in 2020. However, Steinbrenner noted: “[The Yankees already have] a good rotation, but starting pitching, you can’t have enough. Like last year, that’s going to be my focus. You’ll have to ask [Brian Cashman] if he agrees with me or not. That’s all.”

The Yankees already have at least three rotation spots sewn up for next season. Luis Severino, whom injuries prevented from making much of an impact this year, will be back to join a group that boasts James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka as complements. There’s less certainty thereafter, though, with Domingo German on administrative leave for a violation of the MLB-MLBPA Joint Domestic Violence Policy, J.A. Happ coming off a rough season and Jordan Montgomery still trying to re-establish himself after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Yankees will take advantage of their financial might to sign Cole or Strasburg, but they’re at least mulling it.

Yankees GM rappels down building, is greeted with 'sign Gerrit Cole' message

  Yankees GM rappels down building, is greeted with 'sign Gerrit Cole' message New York Yankees fans are doing everything in their power to get the team's front office to sign Gerrit Cole. © Icon Sportswire / GettyOn Friday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman rappelled down 22 stories of the Landmark Building in Stamford, Connecticut as part of an annual fundraising endeavor he participates in each year.Brian Cashman said someone posted a "PLEASE SIGN GERRIT COLE" in large font sign on a window of the building he rappelled down. pic.twitter.

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman slept outside at Yankee Stadium to raise awareness for the homeless on Thursday night. While discussing the early stages of his pursuits of Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg , widely regarded as the top pitchers on the free agent market

Brian Cashman on Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg : "Of course we're going to talk to Strasburg . Yankees interest in Gerrit Cole was confirmed here at the GM meetings by Brian Cashman. The Yankees have concerns Cole prefers his native California but that won’t discourage

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Signs suggest Yankees intend to make big push for Astros’ Gerrit Cole .
Gerrit Cole went through a lot to wear the pinstripes eighteen years ago. Then an 11-year old fan at the 2001 World Series in Phoenix wearing a replica jersey, Cole remembered how Diamondbacks fans threw peanuts and hurled insults at him that day. Now, the Yankees have to find a way to get Cole to want to wear the pinstripes again. Hal Steinbrenner gave Yankees fans hope on that topic this week. In an online tease for an interview with the YES Network, Steinbrenner said that “all options are open as far as I’m concerned,” when asked about aggressively going after top-line free agents like Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

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