"The Yankees will sit down with both [Gerrit] Cole and [Stephen] Strasburg over the next two days, sources said. Other interested teams already have met with or will meet with the two pitchers, who are widely viewed as the best starters in this year's free-agent class.
"The possibility exists that at least one of the pitchers will sign at the [winter] meetings, which begin Monday in San Diego, Strasburg's hometown. But the Cole negotiations, in particular, seem likely to extend past the meetings and possibly into January."
Both aces had record-breaking 2019 campaigns.
The widespread expectation has been that Cole will sign with the Los Angeles Angels because he was born in Newport Beach, California. The 29-year-old attended Orange Lutheran High School before pitching collegiately at UCLA.
That hasn't deterred the Yankees:
New York missed out on Cole when he opted not to sign after it selected him in the first round of the 2008 draft and then again when it failed to complete a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates before Cole was dealt to Houston in January 2018.
The Yankees have been more heavily linked to Cole than Strasburg, who Rosenthal noted "many in the industry believe" will stay with the Nationals.
New York figures to be active at the winter meetings, which are set for the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.