Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
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Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

Strasburg has been and will remain a realistic option for the Yankees as long as the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers are pursuing Cole, who supposedly would love to pitch close to his Orange County, Calif., home despite his camp's claims that the rumors are untrue. In doing so, he left four years and $100 million on the table. Cole will likely get something north of $250 million.

The Winter Meetings are fast approaching and Gerrit Cole being in the Dodgers' minds and vice versa is some spectacular news.

However, less than a week from the opening of the Winter Meetings, which has seen marquee free agents shy away from announcing mega deals as they did in the past, the Yankees sent a trio of decision-makers in Brian Cashman, Aaron Boone and new pitching coach Matt Blake, to Southern California to meet with Scott Boras and his clients, Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. He could receive the largest contract ever given to a pitcher.

Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a YES Network interview released earlier this week that while the Yankees do not want to go over the luxury tax threshold, they would seriously consider it in the right situation. Some have gone as far to say that he just does not want to play in NY.

Cole, who will turn 30 next September, certainly has the resume to make it worth that serious consideration. Gerrit Cole, who finished second in the American League Cy Young voting, will also meet with the Yankees. The right-hander is coming off a season in which he went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA, 2.64 FIP and 0.90 WHIP in 33 starts with the Houston Astros, striking out an MLB-best 326 batters compared to 48 walks in 212.1 innings.

As the hot stove churns on, the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly interested in reigning World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg.

Shortly after, Strasburg opted out of a seven-year, $175 million contract to test the market. He was 23-15 with a 3.55 ERA over the last two seasons after losing the previous two to Tommy John surgery.

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