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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

Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

  Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg The Yanks are debating whether they should take their spending to the next level for pitching help.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.

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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  Report: Yankees, Dodgers, Angels expected to soon make 'initial offers' for Gerrit Cole The market for Cole is heating up before MLB’s winter meetings. The Yankees, Angels and Dodgers are being described as the clear favorites to sign him.According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels are favorites to sign the All-Star pitcher.

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