The New York Yankees have come to an agreement with the biggest fish in the free-agent ocean, Gerrit Cole. The deal is going to be for nine years, and $324 million, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Breaking: Gerrit Cole to Yankees. 9 years. 36M per. 324M total.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2019
Gerrit Cole Signing With the Yankees
This is as big as it gets. Not only in contract, but in the relationship between team and player.
The Yankees nearly made it to the World Series this past season, but a lack of a dominant starting pitcher was a glaring weakness with Luis Severino dealing with injuries all season.
Cole is a three-time All-Star and is coming off of winning the ERA title in all of MLB. For his career, he has posted a 3.22 ERA, and the past two seasons in Houston he has been even more dominant than he was during his Pittsburgh days, with two seasons of a sub-3.00 ERA.
This past season, not only did he win the ERA title, so he was statistically the best pitcher, but if you watched him pitch, you know he was the best pitcher. He was largely untouchable and with Cole only being 29-years old, he is clearly in the prime of his career.
What This Means For the Yankees
As mentioned, the lack of a dominant starting pitcher is largely what kept the Yankees out of the World Series this past season. Now, if they stay healthy, there’s no reason for the Yankees to not find themselves holding an American League pennant this upcoming season.
The Yankees have largely built their current core through their farm system and making smart trades. However, they are still the Yankees, so they found themselves in a position to make a splash like this, and they have made the biggest splash of the offseason.
All of the pressure is on the Yankees. But it’s the Yankees, so they wouldn’t have it any other way. They are also used to it because being able to spend this level of money comes with a territory.
This is a tough loss for the Astros. So not only did the Yankees make themselves better, but the team they lost to in the ALCS got worse. Also, the Astros have had rumors come out about potentially having to trade Carlos Correa. Those rumors are based on potential payroll issues. However, those are just rumors at this point.
Either way, this is a great day for the New York Yankees.
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