Maggie And Bart On Stephen Strasburg Return, What It Means For Yankees And Gerrit Cole

The Star Free Agent Will Apparently Stay In DC

Moose & Maggie
December 09, 2019 - 5:04 pm

He briefly tested the free agent waters, but it now looks like Stephen Strasburg will be staying in Washington.

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According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, Strasburg has agreed to a massive seven-year, $245 million deal with the Nationals. Strasburg signing back with Washington would represent one of the two big-name pitchers coming off the list of available free agents. Gerrit Cole, the other elite pitcher up for grabs, is still deciding which franchise he wants to commit his future to.

On Monday, WFAN's Maggie Gray and Bart Scott reacted to the Strasburg news on their afternoon show. Scott pointed out that the huge salary number for Strasburg means the Yankees will have to pay even more if they want to secure Cole’s signature.

“Now, we now that the Yankees are going to have to give more money than that,” said Scott. “We’ve got to go for a 40 burger for (Scott) Boras.”

Strasburg and Cole weren’t the only two quality starting pitchers available on the market, but the general consensus has been that they would always be the two biggest prizes. Strasburg just completed a season where he was instrumental in the Nationals winning the World Series, and Cole just finished a year with the Astros where he was nearly unhittable for large portions of the season and the playoffs.

Scott Boras is Cole’s agent, and it’s looking like he’ll be able to secure a historic deal for his 29-year-old client. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Friday that the Yankees were prepared to offer Cole a “record deal.” It seems likely that it will be worth even more than the $245 million that Strasburg is reportedly signing for.

Multiple reports indicate that the Yankees were planning to make their offer to Cole on Monday. 

Gerrit Cole
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Gray and Scott then tried to speculate about just how big that record contract would have to be from the Yankees, if they are able to win the Cole sweepstakes. 

“If that’s your jumping off point for negotiations, Bart, then wow,” said Gray. “That means we’re probably looking at nine years and something like $300 million ... Okay, Yankee fans. If it’s going to take a nine-year deal, is that something that you want to sign up for?”

Giving Cole such a long contract would be risky, as he would be 38-years-old when it ends, but baseball has seen similarly massive payouts before. The record, for the moment, is the 12-year, $426 million agreement that Mike Trout signed with the Angels back in March.

Cole has a big choice on his hands, but he’s going to be getting paid very handsomely wherever he ends up. The Dodgers and Angels will reportedly rival New York for his signature. 

Click on the audio player above to listen to Maggie Gray and Bart Scott's full reaction to the Strasburg news.