I guess it ultimately didn’t matter that they weren’t able to shed salary. The Yankees just went ahead and signed Gerrit Cole to a record-setting nine-year deal worth $324 million.
His deal eclipses the one Stephen Strasburg signed the other day and predictably dwarfs the mammoth free-agent deals handed out to David Price and Max Scherzer a few years ago. This deal comes 11 years after the Yankees signed CC Sabathia to what at the time was a record-setting deal for a pitcher. It was worth $161 million. Oh, how times change!
Anyways, here he is as a Yankee…
FIRST LOOK: Gerrit Cole has (reportedly) donned the @yankees pinstripes.
And shaved his beard.
And cut his hair, too.
(per @jonheyman) pic.twitter.com/lq4TAUmui1
— Cut4 (@Cut4) December 11, 2019
This is actually the first huge free agent add the Yankees have had in a little while. I mentioned in my rant post yesterday that the Evil Empire was being uncharacteristically stingy in recent years, but it seems this kind of addition was the one they were waiting to make. We all assumed they would sign one of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado last winter, instead, they waited until this year to …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation