Report: New York Yankees sign Gerrit Cole
The 6-foot-4 right-hander is considered the best pitcher in the game, which he demonstrated over the course of his dominant 2019 season.
Cole won 20 games while pitching to a 2.50 ERA, and struck out a league-best 326 batters over 212 1/3 innings.
"You've been our white whale," Brian Cashman said Tuesday about the Yankees' pursuit of Cole over the years.
"[Cole] would fit into anybody's clubhouse as a player," Cashman added, "but he clearly would fit in our clubhouse as a person too."
Cole's reported deal makes him the highest paid pitcher in baseball, and positions him atop a deep Yankees rotation anchored by Luis Severino, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka.
The MLB offseason has already seen a flurry of action as the Winter Meetings wind to a close this week, but with Cole's move to the Bronx, the rest of the market can begin to more clearly take shape.
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Not only did Cole get the highest contract ever for a pitcher, he dwarfed Strasburg's record deal by $79M. Yanks secured an ace in a style that George Steinbrenner would have applauded.- Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 11, 2019
Gerrit Cole's total guarantee breaks David Price's previous record for a pitcher by *$107M.* His average annual value of $36M is also a record for a pitcher, and matches Mike Trout's AAV in the new money he received in his extension with the #Angels.- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2019