Yankees Talk Tradition And Winning, Not Money, In Meeting With Gerrit Cole

Ryan Chatelain
December 04, 2019 - 8:42 am
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The Yankees' meeting with Gerrit Cole on Tuesday was more recruiting visit than negotiating session.

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According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Yankees did not discuss money with the free agent pitcher but instead tried to sell him on the allure of wearing pinstripes and winning. The meeting, which reportedly included Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and pitching coach Matt Blake, took place in California in the run-up to the MLB Winter Meetings, which begin Sunday in San Diego. 

The financials aren't expected to be much of an obstacle, Heyman said. Cole is expected to sign a contract in the neighborhood of $250 million. 

Of greater concern for the Yankees, who believe Cole would thrive in New York, is that the right-hander may prefer to play in Los Angeles -- both the Dodgers and Angels are reportedly interested in him. He is from nearby Newport Beach, California.

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Pitching for the Astros, Cole, 29, went 20-5 last season with an American League-best 2.50 ERA and an MLB-leading 326 strikeouts.

The three-time All-Star is believed to be the Yankees' top target, but they have reportedly also expressed interest in other top free agent pitchers Stephen Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler. The Yankees are scheduled to meet with Strasburg on Wednesday.

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