Yankees meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg
It's the offseason news that Yankees fans have longed to hear. While nothing is "in stone" yet, and anything can change in the coming weeks, the Yankees Front Office is reportedly in talks with both Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.
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What do we know so far?
According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Yankees are "making Cole a priority" in the offseason.
This fact could lead us fans to believe that he's their first choice in making improvements in the starting rotation. The meeting, held in Cole's home state of California this week between the Yankees and Cole lasted more than four hours. In spite of concerns that Cole would want to stay in his home state, Jon Heyman reports that Cole has told the Yankees that he holds no "west coast bias."
Gerrit Cole assured the Yankees he has “no West Coast bias” at yesterday’s meeting which lasted 4 plus hours. Yankees believe he’s built for NYC but have been worried he preferred LA. No word yet on today’s meeting with Stephen Strasburg.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 5, 2019
Per the NY Daily News, regarding Cole's salary, "The dollars will be there."
However, Heyman reports that "no dollars were specifically discussed."
The Yankees are concerned that Cole will want to stay in Los Angeles, and that Strasburg will want to stay with the Washington Nationals.Yanks had “very nice” introductory meeting with Gerrit Cole yesterday. No $ specifically discussed. They are selling him on being a Yankee and winning. Also key: “the dollars will be there.” The Yankees believe he’d thrive in NY but also believe he may prefer LA.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 4, 2019
And, the Nationals are "confident" that Strasburg will opt to stay with them. More from Heyman:
The Philadelphia Phillies were also looking at Strasburg.Yankees are meeting with Stephen Strasburg today. They like him too (of course) but if they believe Cole may prefer LA they are really concerned Straburg prefers to stay in DC. Indeed, Nats, have seemed somewhat confident about Strasburg, relative to Rendon anyway.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 4, 2019
Per MLB Trade Rumors, "Strasburg would be a big addition to any rotation, but he'd be of particular import to a Phillies staff that was filled with struggles last year." However, Philly moves more and more off the table after their front office announced the Phillies' signing of Zach Wheeler on December 4th. So, Strasburg looks like he's not the antidote that the Phillies are going to go with to fix their rotation struggles.
With the 2019 Winter Meetings beginning December 8th just tomorrow, there's potential for even more Cole/Strasburg related news -- and quickly.
Article by: Mary Grace Donaldson