This week in the world of Major League Baseball, their annual Winter Meetings are going to be underway. The meetings are usually an unofficial start of the MLB offseason as both big deals, and blockbuster trades start to go down.
Fans have already seen the likes of Zack Wheeler , Yasmani Grandal, Mike Moustakas and Cole Hamels signed to contracts, but there still remain a few big shoes to drop. Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner and Marcell Ozuna are all names still available via free agency. All-star after all-star, but none of the players I mentioned are the big fish in this years free agent waters; that title belongs to Gerrit Cole.
Cole, formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros, is entering free agency for the first time in his career. The starting pitcher has evolved from top prospect to ace after his historic season in 2019. 20 wins with a 2.50 ERA? Can’t get much better than that.
But with that being said, Cole enters the market bringing the expectation of receiving a record payday. If you don’t believe me I’ll reference Cole’s press conference after this years World Series, where his hat was graced with the logo of Boras Corporation: the agency he is represented by.
Gerrit Cole on his time with the #Astros:
“It was just a pleasure to play in the city of Houston” pic.twitter.com/b1YcwhXKVy
— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) October 31, 2019
Cole is going to receive as much money as he asks for, especially considering the 29-year-old has the interest of the New York Yankees.Now Cole’s market isn’t limited to New York, but Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has already received permission from ownership to give Cole a record breaking deal.
Both the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers are expected to be in on the former Astro along with New York, but after failing to win the American League Pennant once again in 2019, New York’s pursuit of Cole won’t be denied by anyone. And based on recent reports, it is going to be hard for teams to match New York’s offer.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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