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Sport Opinion: Evil Empire is back: Yankees, with Gerrit Cole, are team to beat

17:00  11 december  2019
17:00  11 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Opinion : Evil Empire is back : Yankees , with Gerrit Cole , are team to beat . The Yankees reminded the baseball world of their financial clout late Tuesday night, reaching an agreement with AL Cy Young runner-up Gerrit Cole on a record-setting nine-year, 4 million contract, according to a

The Yankees now have baseball's best pitcher and the Astros (and 28 other teams ) do not. It was worth the 4 million gamble. The most straightforward way to consider the Yankees ' landmark signing of free-agent ace Gerrit Cole is this: New York now has baseball's best pitcher and the

SAN DIEGO — The Evil Empire is back.

a baseball player throwing a ball: Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole had a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts in the regular season for the Houston Astros.© Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole had a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts in the regular season for the Houston Astros.

The New York Yankees are back to being the Yankees.

The Yankees reminded the baseball world of their financial clout late Tuesday night, reaching an agreement with AL Cy Young runner-up Gerrit Cole on a record-setting nine-year, $324 million contract, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the agreement.

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Gerrit Cole ’s deal with the Yankees shattered the record for the largest-ever contract for a pitcher.Credit The club had made Cole its overwhelming priority this off-season, ultimately beating the Los Angeles Cashman has said throughout this off-season that improving his team , which won

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The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been finalized.

“We wanted him, we made no secret of that," one high-ranking Yankees executive told USA TODAY Sports. “And usually when we want a guy, we get him."

It only took 11 years — after he went to UCLA despite being drafted out of high school by the Yankees in 2008.

They tried to trade for him in January 2018, when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates, only for Cole to instead be traded to the Houston Astros. He helped knock off the Yankees in this year’s American League Championship Series.

Now, with nothing standing in their way but money, the Yankees blew away the field to ensure that he’d be in pinstripes.

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The Yankees and Gerrit Cole agreed to a record-setting nine-year, 4 million contract late Tuesday night, giving New York the top available free agent and upgrading the team ’s one weakness from a year ago: the starting rotation. In an age when teams are relying on their starters less than at any time in

The Evil Empire is back in business. When the Yankees want someone – when they Cole picked the Yankees by accepting a nine-year, 4 million offer that was first reported just before There had been a lot of speculation that Cole wanted to play with one of the Los Angeles teams because he’s a

The next-closest offer was about $298 million, according to a baseball official, from the Los Angeles Angels.

Hey, it’s only money right?

Why not pay $1 million for each of Cole’s 326 strikeouts last year.

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To think, 24 hours ago, David Price was the richest pitcher in history with his $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Stephen Strasburg beat it on Monday with a seven-year, $245 million deal.

And Cole obliterated it.

The Yankees haven’t eclipsed the luxury tax in two years, but for Cole, they didn't mind spreading their wealth.

The Yankees, who just ended their first decade in a century in which they didn’t make the World Series, simply were tired of being beaten by aces.

Over the past few postseasons, they've lost to Dallas Keuchel (in 2015 and 2017), Justin Verlander (two times in 2017), Charlie Morton (2017), Chris Sale (2018) and Cole (2019).

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The New York Yankees are chasing free-agent right-hander Gerrit Cole , who could sign a contract worth more than 0 million at the MLB Winter We ’ re one of those teams that certainly feels that way and if not much happens this winter with things that we add or subtract or whatever, we still feel

Gerrit Cole 's impressive postseason will only help his case as he seeks a record-setting contract. Cole is also seen throughout the industry as the slightly more dominant pitcher of the two, with his “I think some players would want to listen more” to other teams ’ pitches, agent Scott Boras said Monday.

Now, they got their own ace, a pitcher who, including in the postseason, went 24-6 with a 2.39 ERA and 373 strikeouts last season.

They sweet-talked Cole in a trip last week to his home in Newport Beach, California, with general manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone, assistant GM Michael Fishman, pitching coach Matt Blake and five-time World Series champion Andy Pettitte in attendance.

They told him that they are just as analytically savvy as the Astros, and Pettitte told him about the prestige of pitching in New York, with the chance of a World Series every year.

They also reminded him of that 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks when he was pictured in the newspaper as an 11-year-old, holding a sign: “Yankee Fan Today Tomorrow Forever.”

And, of course, they sealed the deal with a virtual blank check, with no money deferred, a full no-trade clause, and even an opt-out after five years, according to the baseball official.

Just like that, the Yankees are the team to beat — with a rotation of Cole, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton, a powerful bullpen and a formidable lineup.

The Yankees, who haven’t signed a marquee free-agent starter since CC Sabathia in 2008, are back to being the Yankees.

They are all in.

Just like the ol’ days.

See you at the New York ticker-tape parade.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: Evil Empire is back: Yankees, with Gerrit Cole, are team to beat

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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