Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Yankees ownership approves record-breaking offer for Gerrit Cole

Yankees ownership approves record-breaking offer for Gerrit Cole

Therefore, the quicker the Yankees can do so, the better. However, just over a month before Tanaka, the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury for a seven-year, $ 153 million contract that has been a disaster.

However, if the Yankees, and perhaps just as important, their increasingly anxious fans, get away with it, that streak will end this offseason.

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.

Ken Rosenthal, writer for The Athletic (and the former TSN student), reported Tuesday that the Yankees will meet with both players this week.

Even the official MLB Twitter account is pumped. The Yankees set their sights on a high-profile free agent, decide to be the highest bidder and then land him, right? Cole was recruited by the Yankees, but chose to go to college.

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If the latest Major League Baseball trade rumours are to be considered, New York Yankees have already held discussions with both Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg on a possible trade.

So, yes, there is a sense of urgency.

The Yankees were two games away from the World Series in 2019, and if they had Cole or another big name starting pitcher similar to him, there is a good chance they would've gotten past the Astros and into the World Series. They drafted him within the first spherical of the 2008 MLB Draft out of highschool however weren't capable of signal him. Cole, a Southern California native, went to UCLA and reentered the draft three years later, where he was taken first overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Gerrit Cole assured the Yankees he has "no West Coast bias" at yesterday's meeting which lasted 4 plus hours.

According to the report, the Yankees grew more interested in Cole after meeting with him this week, and decided shortly after they are comfortable with an offer eclipsing the seven-year, $217 million contract David Price landed from Boston in December 2015.

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