Yankees Rumors: Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg to Meet with NYY This Week

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 3, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning in Game Five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees are taking strides toward addressing their starting rotation, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal:

"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."

Strasburg is the reigning World Series MVP, as he helped the Washington Nationals to their first championship, in seven games over the Houston Astros, for whom Cole pitched.

Both aces had record-breaking 2019 campaigns.

Strasburg became the first pitcher to go 5-0 in one postseason, while Cole set an MLB mark with 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

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:

Andy Martino @martinonyc

There is a general industry perception that Gerrit Cole prefers the west coast, but the Yankees don’t have any specific information from the agent or player to indicate he would choose California over Bronx. They’re still in.

Andy Martino @martinonyc

Paired with the industry perception that Cole wants west coast is perception that Angels are ready to go bonkers for him and spend whatever it takes. But again, Yankees in on him as of now.

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.

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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.