Sport Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 brought Andy Pettitte to free agent meeting with Gerrit Cole

  Yankees brought Andy Pettitte to free agent meeting with Gerrit Cole The Yankees sat down for a meeting with Cole this week, and ESPN’s Buster Olney says they brought legendary pitcher Andy Pettitte with them. In the meetings with the mega free agents, teams identify ways to make the player feel most comfortable — and along those lines, Andy Pettitte was part of the Yankees' contingent that sat down with Gerrit Cole. A very familiar face in HOU, where Cole pitched the last two years.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 5, 2019There are a lot of reasons speaking with Pettitte might make an impact on Cole.

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Winners and losers of MLB's winter meetings: Yankees are back in business .
While there's still plenty of signings and trades to be made before the season, the activity in San Diego has already altered the landscape for 2020.After consecutive winters of discontent that saw top players linger on the market until spring training, free agents Gerrit Cole ($324 million with Yankees), Stephen Strasburg ($245 million with Nationals) and Anthony Rendon ($245 million with Angels) have already cashed in this winter.

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