Free Agent Gerrit Cole, Dodgers Meet in Los Angeles

Tanya Simon
December 5, 2019

Cole, 29, has always been the target of appreciation from the Yankees, who selected him in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft as a high school prospect, but he chose to attend UCLA. In doing so, he left four years and $100 million on the table.

Like Cole, Strasburg is going to get a huge payday, but it's too early to know what his price will become.

The former Houston Astros starter is a West Coast native, though, and it's been speculated that his preference is to return to California.

The Dodgers have now met with each and every one of the big trio of free agents - Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, and now Gerrit Cole. Sources familiar with the meeting called it "productive" as the Yankees made it clear to the ace that they're "all-in" to try to sign him. He is likely to break the record for a contract given to a pitcher this winter, a deal possibly north of $250 million. Whether it's the Yankees, Dodgers, Padres, etc., the Nationals have serious competition to keep any one of them. Some have gone as far to say that he just does not want to play in NY. Of course money will be at the focal point of the meetings as both starters are expected huge payouts, with Cole making the most of the two, but there are certainly other factors to consider. Cole was drafted by the Yankees, but opted to go to college instead.

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He finished second in the voting for the American League Cy Young after a breakout season.

Cole led all of baseball with 326 strikeouts - an astronomical total - and posted a 2.50 ERA in 2019.

Cole, a 20-game victor in 2019, has a career 94-52 record and 3.22 ERA in seven seasons with the Pirates and Astros. After losing five decisions through May 22, Cole did not take a loss the rest of the regular season.

On the same day that Zack Wheeler, 29, signed a 5-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies, you can bet the market as a whole was discussed. 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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