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Sport Yankees brought Andy Pettitte to free agent meeting with Gerrit Cole

19:11  05 december  2019
19:11  05 december  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

Signs suggest Yankees intend to make big push for Astros’ Gerrit Cole

  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 New York Yankees have made Gerrit Cole their top priority this offseason, and they are breaking out the big guns in an attempt to convince the right-hander that he belongs in pinstripes.

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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.

There are a lot of reasons speaking with Pettitte might make an impact on Cole. For starters, Pettitte pitched for the Astros for several seasons between his stints in New York, so Cole may be familiar with him from his time in Houston. Cole also grew up a Yankees fan. While he is from California, his father was raised in Syracuse. That means Cole, who is 29, would have been a kid when Pettitte was helping the Yankees win four World Series titles between 1996 and 2000.

Even one of Cole’s teammates in Houston predicted the ace would sign with a West Coast team because of his deep ties to the region, but Cole reportedly assured the Yankees during their meeting that he does not have any West Coast bias. If he truly does have an open mind about his free agency, having Pettitte pitch him on the Yankees certainly can’t hurt.

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.

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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.

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