"We need something like that," Maddon said Monday at Major League Baseball's winter meetings when discussing a potential Gerrit Cole addition, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic. "And I anticipate something like that."
Stark noted the Chicago Cubs signed Jon Lester last time the winter meetings were in San Diego in December 2014. Maddon was the manager of the North Siders at the time, and Lester played a major role in turning them into World Series champions in 2016.
Cole's market is coming into shape after the Washington Nationals re-signed Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year deal worth $245 million, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. Passan suggested such a deal "could have a profound effect" on Cole's market, which could be in the $300 million range.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Cole will go to the team that offers him the best deal and not make his decision based on geography. In theory, that is not welcome news for the Angels considering the former Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates hurler is a California native who could sign with the New York Yankees.
Cole is one of the best pitchers to hit the market in recent history. He is just 29 years old and a three-time All-Star who led the American League with a 2.50 ERA last season to go with a sparkling 0.89 WHIP and 326 strikeouts in 212.1 innings. He was even better in the playoffs and helped lead the Astros to the World Series with a 1.72 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 36.2 innings.
The Angels already have an all-time great anchoring the lineup in Mike Trout to go with other talented offensive pieces such as Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton and Albert Pujols.
Adding an ace like Cole to solidify the staff would help them compete in Maddon's first season at the helm.