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.
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Theflexed their financial muscle late Tuesday night, inking Gerrit Cole to a nine-year deal worth a record $324 million. In doing so, New York became a 3-1 favorite to win the 2020 Fall Classic.
Cole, who posted a 2.50 ERA with 20 wins and 326 strikeouts in 33 games last season, is joining the Yankees from ateam that just beat them in the ALCS.
In the Bronx, Cole will be the centerpiece of a loaded rotation that also features James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and J.A. Happ, though Jordan Montgomery is more likely to round out the groupthat Happ could be dealt New York also has highly touted pitching prospect Deivi Garcia lurking, and he has the potential to play a prominent role in the latter half of the season.
Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg ahead of Winter Meetings
The Yankees could be looking to go big this offseason, as they will meet with Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.Ultimately, the Yankees were successful in wooing Sabathia – who preferred to pitch in his home state of California – to the Bronx with a seven-year, $161 million deal.
Manager Aaron Boone now possesses one of the best rotations in baseball to pair with one of the league's most lethal lineups, as the Yankees will look to return to the MLB summit for the first time since 2009.
In signing the right-hander, the Yankees cut their World Series odds in half after opening Tuesday level with the Astros andat 6-1. Still firmly entrenched in the race to sign star third baseman Anthony Rendon, the Dodgers held firm at 6-1, but Houston lengthened to 7-1 after officially losing Cole to an American League rival.
Thealso saw their World Series odds lengthen, moving from 14-1 to 18-1 as a result of Cole signing with their AL East rivals. The Red Sox finished 19 games back of the Yankees in the division last season, and they've yet to make any noise in free agency.
Yankees have no Gerrit Cole backup plan with Zack Wheeler off the market
The Yankees are operating without their safety net now. Heading into next week’s MLB Winter Meetings and after an initial sitdown with right-hander Gerrit Cole, the Yankees lost their top fallback option Wednesday when Zack Wheeler agreed to a surprising deal with the Phillies. © Provided by New York Daily NewsWheeler, 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 Angels - who were hoping to lure Cole to his home state of California - were the biggest movers after missing out on the ace, lengthening to 60-1 odds from 30-1.
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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.