Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Gerrit Cole told Yankees he does not have West Coast bias

Gerrit Cole told Yankees he does not have West Coast bias

Cole, a 20-game victor in 2019, has a career 94-52 record and 3.22 ERA in seven seasons with the Pirates and Astros.

The Winter Meetings are fast approaching and Gerrit Cole being in the Dodgers' minds and vice versa is some spectacular news.

December 2: The Yankees' rotation was under fire throughout 2019, a year in which they came a couple victories short of their first World Series appearance since 2009. In doing so, he left four years and $100 million on the table. These are all-star players that the Angels can certainly bring into the meeting room and use to try and convince both Cole and Strasburg.

Stephen Strasburg definitely is on the Yankees radar, too, although the 2019 World Series MVP probably for now is just a highly respected backup plan to No. 1 target Gerrit Cole, who had his meeting on Tuesday. He is likely to break the record for a contract given to a pitcher this winter, a deal possibly north of $250 million. Much like Cole, he is expected to command a contract whose value could exceed $300 million.

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Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a YES Network interview released earlier this week that while the Yankees do not want to go over the luxury tax threshold, they would seriously consider it in the right situation.

Indeed, if the Yankees were to go past $248MM, their draft slot would fall 10 places in 2020.

Cole led all of baseball with 326 strikeouts - an astronomical total - and posted a 2.50 ERA in 2019. After losing five decisions through May 22, Cole did not take a loss the rest of the regular season. There's less certainty thereafter, though, with Domingo German on administrative leave for a violation of the MLB-MLBPA Joint Domestic Violence Policy, J.A. Happ coming off a rough season and Jordan Montgomery still trying to re-establish himself after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018. The Yankees were looking at Wheeler as a pitcher with potential, however, and were never interested in that type of nine-figure deal with the Georgia native.

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