Yankees, Gerrit Cole agree to record 9-year, $324M deal

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Over the weekend, it was reported that the New York Yankees were ready to offer free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole the same contract that Strasburg just signed. YES Network's Jack Curry is also reporting that the Yankees and Cashman are expected to make a "very, very competitive offer" to Cole on Monday. Right now the Dodgers, Rangers, Phillies, Braves and Nationals are all in the market for a third baseman.

The news that Stephen Strasburg had signed a record seven-year, $245 million contract to likely finish his career with the Washington Nationals had to feel a little bittersweet for local baseball fans.

The Blue Jays are casting a wide net in pursuit of a starting rotation, with some degree of interest in a group of starters that also includes Tanner Roark, Alex Wood, Wade Miley and Josh Lindblom.

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- Right-hander Kevin Gausman agreed to a $9 million, one-year contract with the Giants, eight days after Cincinnati allowed him to become a free agent. The big story, at least up to this point, of the offseason has been the Astros' sign stealing controversy, which is mainly focused in that 2017 season. He struck out a career-high 251 batters in 33 starts and led the National League with 209 innings pitched. Greinke's current deal for six years and $ 206 million pays him more than $ 34 million a year and it's no doubt that Cole will be the first pitcher to earn $ 35 million per season. But it's one that might get expensive for Los Angeles. Cole gets an even $36 million annually and can opt out after the 2024 season.

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Although he didn't pitch in the 2012 postseason, Strasburg contributed 15 wins to an NL East championship that year and ultimately signed a seven-year, $175 million extension in May 2016, effectively putting off free agency until this offseason's decision to exercise his opt-out clause.

He was the first, overall, selection in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft for the Pittsburgh Pirates, debuting in 2013.

The Nationals were hopeful - perhaps even confident - all along they'd be able to retain Strasburg, who in addition to signing his previous long-term deal had moved his family to the D.C. area full-time last winter and has always expressed a preference for staying in town.

Adding a pitcher with the talent of Cole is obviously a massive win for the defending AL East champions, as Cole became the 18th pitcher in major league history to strike out at least 300 batters in a season past year. In seven starts in the 2018 and 2019 playoffs, his ERA over 49 2/3 innings was 2.17. They were probably willing to give more years and total money to Cole than anyone else. Lately, there's a lot of owls, where they're kind of wise and mostly work at night in what they do, very thoughtful. Maybe it's a free agent, maybe it's a trade, maybe it's neither. "We just have to wait and see".

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