Report: Zack Wheeler likely to get upwards of $100M in free agency
it’s a sign that someone with legitimate concerns like Wheeler is in line for a nine-figure deal that this could be a fairly wild free-agent market for pitching. It checks out with what we’re hearing about the best available starters as well.
The latest baseball news and rumors include updates on free agents Gerrit Cole , Zack Wheeler The White Sox tried and failed to get Pederson last offseason before “talks broke off in January According to Andy Martino of SNY, “ the market is quickly exceeding where the Yankees seem willing to go” for
Zack Wheeler won't be joining the South Side starting staff, though not for lack of trying on behalf of the White Sox, who made a richer contract offer than You might ask why we're just skipping over Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, the perennial Cy Young types at the tippy top of the market , and that's
The Yankees are operating without their safety net now. Heading into next week’s MLB Winter Meetings and after an
Wheeler, 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. The 29-year-old right-hander was not considered among the top tier of free agents on the market this winter, but the Yankees were high on him for several years. They were interested in a possible trade for Wheeler the past two seasons and saw him as an attractive addition to their rotation if they were unable to land a top-tier starter.
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 Yankees probably loved hearing the reports Wednesday afternoon that former Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler isn’t just off the free agent market , but joining the Philadelphia Phillies The Yankees have plenty of money to spend if they ignore luxury-tax implications, so Cole might be there for the taking.
The addition of Wheeler to a rotation that includes Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin and Jake Arrieta answers a That’s now off the table following Wednesday’s deals, which could push any (or all) of those teams to The Yankees had been seen by many as a possible landing spot for Wheeler , who has already
Now, the pressure to get Cole — or less likely, Stephen Strasburg — to finally wear pinstripes is even greater. There is no more attractive backup plan to sell a Yankee fan base that has gone without a World Series appearance — let alone title — for a decade.
The Yankees flew GM Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone andto the West Cost to meet Cole on the native Californian’s home turn Tuesday. Sources familiar with the meeting called it “productive” as the Yankees made it clear to the ace that they’re “all-in” to try to sign him.
While not even the parameters of a deal were discussed in what was described as a “laying the groundwork,” meeting, the Bombers made it clear they are willing to pay the price to land the 2019 AL Cy Young runner-up, according to a source.
Ready to make a splash, White Sox going hard in pursuit of free agent Zack Wheeler
The White Sox are confident that their window is opening in the AL Central and are pushing hard to make additions to compete in 2020.The persons spoke to USA TODAY Sports on on the condition of anonymity since negotiations are ongoing with Wheeler, and the White Sox and Dodgers are actively involved in trade talks with other teams.
The scheduled meet up between Strasburg and the Yankees was first reported by The Athletic. The starting pitching market has yet to pick up , and that’s because Strasburg and Gerrit Cole , and to a lesser extent Zack Wheeler , Madison Bumgarner and Hyun-jin Ryu, remain unsigned.
Cole grew up a Yankees fan, but he's also a native of Orange County, which is why Angels Gerrit Cole assured the Yankees he has “ no West Coast bias” at yesterday’s meeting which lasted 4 plus Ryu, who will turn 33 just before Opening Day, is coming off a 2019 season in which he pitched to an
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The Yankees came away from the meeting with the feeling they are a strong contender, despite the public consensus that Cole wants to return to his native Southern California.
The Yankees made it clear that they understand the market that they are getting into with the 29-year-old Cole and are willing to make that kind of commitment. He is likely to break the record for a contract given to a pitcher this winter, a deal possibly north of $250 million. A former American League executive said that he expects Cole will get at least $33 million and could go as high as $35 million per year over six to seven years. That would top David Price’s seven-year, $213 million deal with the Red Sox.
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.
Here's why Zack Wheeler might be this offseason's biggest score and who else can break through. Aces, sleepers and big dollars: Weighing in on a loaded starting pitcher market . Shoulder fatigue will send Mets righty Zack Wheeler to the injured list, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, dealing a blow to
Yankees ' Gerrit Cole , Stephen Strasburg meetings show new level of interest. Yet, if Cashman and other Yankee staffers flying to Southern California, where they were expected to meet with Gerrit Cole on Tuesday and Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday, has the same result a similar visit 11 years ago
For the Yankees, who had their 2019 season ended by Cole’s Astros in the American League Championship Series, that may be the price they have to pay.
Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrennerreleased earlier this week that while the Yankees do not want to go over the luxury tax threshold, they would seriously consider it in the right situation.
“Let me just say all options are open as far as I am concerned," Steinbrenner said. “Anything that rolls across my desk, I am going to be looking at real seriously. We are going to be active in the free-agent market.”
Cole, who will turn 30 next September, certainly has the resume to make it worth that serious consideration. The Yankees, who used the 28th overall draft pick in 2008 on Cole only to be spurned when he went to UCLA, have always liked his talent. His success in the last two seasons makes him even more attractive.
He finished second in the voting for the American League Cy Young after a breakout season. He led the AL in ERA (2.50) and strikeouts (326). After losing five decisions through May 22, Cole did not take a loss the rest of the regular season. The Astros went 27-6 in his starts this year.
Report: Gerrit Cole has seven-year, $245 million offer from Yankees
Star free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole has reportedly received a contract offer of seven years and $245 million from the Yankees.While it is possible that Cole signs before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, clients of Scott Boras have tended to sign later in the offseason, so this may be a protracted process with today’s report as a jumping-off point. Both the Yankees’ and Angels’ front offices have received clearance from ownership to break the bank to sign Cole.
Zack Wheeler will be pitching for the Phillies next season. While the past two free agent markets were marked by stagnation and frustration — with the Corbin deal with Washington serving as an early December aberration — this market , industry wide, has already zoomed past that of previous years at
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free-agent pitcher Zack Wheeler to a five-year deal worth Wheeler was a highly coveted arm this winter and also reportedly had interest from the White Sox Katherine Acquavella joined CBS Sports in 2018. Her work has appeared in Yankees Magazine and
The same Yankees group also met with Strasburg, a San Diego native, on Wednesday. After being named the MVP of the 2019 World Series, Strasburg opted out of his contract with the Nationals. The 31-year-old opted out of a deal that guaranteed him $100 million from 2020-23, but the feeling among baseball executives is that Strasburg, who is also represented by Boras, will return to the Nationals under a new deal.
That is why Wheeler, who turned down a qualifying offer from the Mets, was seen as the Yankees best fallback option. He was 23-15 with a 3.55 ERA over the last two seasons after losing the previous two to Tommy John surgery. The Yankees were looking at Wheeler as a pitcher with potential, however, and were never interested in that type of nine-figure deal with the Georgia native.
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Report: Yankees can veto Cole's opt-out by adding 1 year, $36M to deal .
A previously unreported wrinkle in Gerrit Cole's contract with the New York Yankees could make the right-hander even richer. The nine-year, $324-million pact includes a player opt-out following the 2024 season, by which time Cole will have banked $180 million. Instead of completing the contract's remaining four-year, $144-million obligation, Cole can decide to test free agency. However, the Yankees can actually veto Cole's opt-out by adding anThe nine-year, $324-million pact includes a player opt-out following the 2024 season, by which time Cole will have banked $180 million. Instead of completing the contract's remaining four-year, $144-million obligation, Cole can decide to test free agency.