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Sport Report: Yankees have ownership approval to offer Cole record deal

04:05  06 december  2019
04:05  06 december  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Signing Gerrit Cole is the top priority for the Yankees this offseason, and they have approval to offer him a record -setting deal , sources tell ESPN. The New York Yankees have made signing right-hander Gerrit Cole their clear offseason priority and have ownership -level approval to offer him a

The New York Yankees are reportedly working on a deal to acquire starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Jeff Passan of The Pirates are said to be highly motivated to move Cole . While nothing is certain, the Yankees appear to be the likeliest destination and are making the

The New York Yankees didn’t just bring out the big guns in their meeting with free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole, they also reportedly brought out the blank check.

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According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yankees’ front office received approval from ownership to offer Cole a record-setting contract in a bidding war that will surpass more than $250 million.

New York is making Cole its top priority this offseason, even with reported concern that he could follow his roots in Los Angeles and sign with the Dodgers or Angels.

According to Passan’s report, the Angels and Yankees are expected to battle in an intense bidding war for Cole’s services and a deal is expected to blow past David Price’s record-setting $217 million contract from 2015.

Owner Hal Steinbrenner’s willingness to open the checkbook helped lead to the Yankees send Andy Pettitte, general manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and pitching coach Matt Blake to meet with Cole.

Coming off a 2019 season in which he set MLB’s single-season record with a 39.9% strikeout rate and a 34% K-BB rate, Cole is in the perfect position to cash in this offseason. The 29-year-old will become MLB’s highest-paid pitcher. Now, it’s just a question of by how much and who he plays for.

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Sources: The New York Yankees are working on a deal to acquire starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sides are talking, and while a final package has not come together, there is confidence. "A matter of when rather than if," one source said.

For the latest information and analysis on the Yankees’ offseason plans and analysis can be found here.

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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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