Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

Ross Houston
December 7, 2019

The Yankees separated from him recently, eating the remaining $ 26 million in their dealings. The Yankees have shied away from handing out huge free-agent deals since that winter, when they also signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million contract.

It could be said that Gerrit Cole is the best free agent in the market (either he or Anthony Rendon, depending on how he would classify the pitch against the batting) and the New York Yankees, looking for an elite headline, are in a big search.

Cole reportedly calmed that speculation on Tuesday. After a couple of slow seasons, that's exciting for a December column. But the Astros outbid the Yankees for Cole before the 2018 season, and Houston eliminated NY from this fall's ALCS with Cole's help.

It's been a decade since the Yankees accomplished what Corbin and his teammates from the Nationals did in October, and that's too long for the franchise with the most World Series titles in baseball history. The Yankees, as was trumpeted by Yankees-haters all over the place, didn't even make the ultimate spherical within the 2010s, the primary decade with out an look because the 1910s.

Cole seems to be the main objective, and the Yankees' connections / fascination with him have been widely reported. They drafted him in the first round in 2008, but couldn't strike a contract with him. He spent five seasons with Pittsburgh after the Pirates drafted him No. 1 overall in 2011.

Then, maybe on their third chance, they will land Cole.

Either way, the cost will be high.

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.

After a decade away from the World Sequence, these are each bidding wars the Yankees have to be concerned in, and Yankees followers must be joyful their workforce is aggressively going after each starters.

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