It’s likely that starting pitcher Gerrit Cole will sign with a team this week, and hopefully it will be the New York Yankees.
From what we’re hearing, teams are submitting offers to Cole and his camp. We have some leaked information about what the Yankees offer will be; around seven years for $245 million.
Experts originally thought that was the exact offer, but later found out that the Yankees are still finalizing the offer. Other teams likely to submit an offer include the Astros, Phillies, Rangers, Angels, and the Dodgers.
If the Yankees keep the offer around seven years, $245 million, it would be a record for a per-year salary in the MLB.
With the Winter Meetings this week, it seems even more likely that Cole will sign a deal. He can meet with the teams of his choice throughout the week and make a decision at the end of the meetings.
The 29 year old had a stellar 2019 season with the Houston Astros, going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA. He was an all-star for the second straight year, and finished second in the Cy Young award after a fifth place finish in 2018.
Cole really began to peak with the Astros, showing off his full potential. He just got better and better after a few up-and-down years with the Pirates.
In 2008, Cole was drafted by the Yankees with the 28th overall pick. Instead of going pro, he decided to go to college for three seasons at UCLA. That led to him being the first overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Signing Gerrit Cole would be huge for the Yankees, and would bolster an already great starting rotation.