Yankees bringing in big guns to attract Gerrit Cole

Carrie Guzman
December 7, 2019

Joel Sherman of the New York Publish stories that the assembly with Cole is occurring Tuesday and the assembly with Strasburg is occurring Wednesday.

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NY 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. The New York Post's George King reports there's a real chance Cole could actually sign with the Yankees. Offers haven't come in yet, but the Yankees' involvement could be an enormous boon for Cole.

As Sherman pointed out in his column, the fact that the Yankees travel to meet the right-handers shows a level of investment that they have not recently shown with free agents; Last year, Patrick Corbin, who signed a $ 140 million deal with the Nationals and helped his new team to the 2019 World Series title, had to travel to Yankee Stadium to meet with the Bronx bosses.

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Both Passan and The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal wrote this week that the negotiations with the AL Cy Young runner-up could extend into January, but Passan wrote Thursday that the aggressiveness with which the Yankees and Angels plan to pursue Cole could result in an earlier resolution.

If Cole wants the pressure of pitching in the Big Apple, it does appear that the Yankees would be the best fit for him, and offer the most money.

Cole has been connected to the Yankees, as well as the Los Angeles Angels, who play quite close to his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was recruited in the first round of the 2008 MLB High School Draft, but could not sign it. They focused him as a commerce get when the Pirates have been buying him after the 2017 season, however didn't meet Pittsburgh's worth.

Next up was Strasburg, who Mark Feinsand reports received much of the same treatment as Cole did, including an overview of the organization and pitching philosophies, thanks to Boone and Blake, all without talking specific dollars and cents.

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