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.
Gerrit Cole -- pictured here in World Series with Astros -- will meet with Yankees in free agency | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images. Finally, some good news ahead of next week's Winter Meetings for the New York Yankees . The Yanks seem likely to make a splash, especially as it pertains to their rotation.
The Hot Stove is heating up ahead of the Winter Meetings . Check out the latest MLB news and rumors. The Yankees will meet with free-agent starters Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole in California over the next two days. Other teams have already met with the pitchers or will meet with
NEW YORK – A decade ago, a Yankees contingent made a sidebar junket from the Las Vegas Winter Meetings to summit with free agent CC Sabathia.
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.
Big arm, bigger heart:
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.
The Hot Stove is about to start sizzling for the Yankees , who are set to meet with prized free agent starting pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg "The possibility exists that at least one of the pitchers will sign at the [ winter ] meetings , which begin Monday in San Diego, Strasburg 's hometown.
The Yankees are trying to address their biggest need this offseason.
At the time, it was the largest contract for a starting pitcher.
Now, the Yankees have sent a contingent to Southern California to meet with the top two free agent starters ahead of next week’s Winter Meetings.
The Yankees were to meet Tuesday with Gerrit Cole and planned a Wednesday meeting with fellow free agent and Scott Boras client Stephen Strasburg, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic.
It’s a proactive move that confirms general managerat last month’s GM meetings that the Yankees would speak directly with Cole and Strasburg in this process.
However, it’s still uncertain as to the lengths the Yankees would go toward securing Cole, seen particularly as the club's primary and most realistic target.
Yankees have no Gerrit Cole backup plan with Zack Wheeler off the market
The Yankees are operating without their safety net now. Heading into next week’s MLB Winter Meetings and after an initial sitdown with right-hander Gerrit Cole, the Yankees lost their top fallback option Wednesday when Zack Wheeler agreed to a surprising deal with the Phillies. © Provided by New York Daily NewsWheeler, who spent parts of five seasons with the Mets, agreed to a five-year deal worth $118 million with Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Top free-agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg will meet with the New York Yankees Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports Cole and Strasburg already have met with interested teams in “I won’t see the sun until the winter meetings on Sunday.” Cole , 29, has long been the target of
Ahead of next week’s winter meetings in San Diego, the Yankees met in the Golden State with Gerrit Cole on Tuesday and will meet with Stephen Cole is from Orange County, Strasburg from San Diego, and both free agents are represented by agent Scott Boras, who is also based in Southern
After the Yankees drafted him out of high school in Southern California, Cole chose to attend UCLA. Prior to the 2018 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Cole to the Houston Astros.
“Overall, I like our rotation right now. If it was opening day 2020 tomorrow, I’d be a lot more comfortable than I was a year ago at this time,’’ Yankees managing general partneraired on Monday.
However, Steinbrenner added that “you can never have enough starting pitching’’ and pledged to “be active in the free agent market.’’
Plus, the notion of exceeding the most punitive luxury tax thresholds – “something we would certainly prefer not to do’’ according to Steinbrenner – is not an impenetrable barrier.
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.
Top free-agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg will meet with the New York Yankees this week. 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
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.
“There’s numerous ramifications,’’ Steinbrenner told YES, “but it is something I would consider.''
Also to be considered is the future of the Yankees' rotation.
Following the 2020 season, starters James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka are eligible to enter free agency, and J.A. Happ could join them if his option for 2021 does not vest.
The Yankees have not spent lavishly for a free agent starter since signing Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million deal prior to the 2014 season.
Cole is expected to receive final offers in the $250 million-plus range.
Pete Caldera is the Yankees beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Yankees analysis, news, trades and more, pleaseand .
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Winter meetings winners and losers, starring Scott Boras and his $814M week .
Remember when the winter meetings lost their gusto? It sure seemed that way the past few years. Remember when hot-stove season was a free-agent freeze? It sure seemed that way recently too. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Scott Boras clients fetched $812 million in three days at the winter meetings. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Well, the 2019 winter meetings have come and gone and sound the alarm because the winter meetings were back as baseball’s biggest money-spending, team-swapping bonanza. And it was glorious.