Dodgers Free Agency: Industry Belief is LA Will Seriously Pursue Gerrit Cole, per Feinsand
The MLB General Manager Meetings don’t begin until this week but that hasn’t stopped any free agency and trade rumors.
Various notes from sources as the hot stove starts to crackle in anticipation of the GM Meetings in Scottsdale next week …
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 8, 2019
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the industry belief is that the Dodgers are expected to make a strong push for free-agent starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.
The belief within the industry is that the Angels, Dodgers and Yankees are the three teams most likely to seriously pursue Cole.
Feinsand also notes the Yankees and Angels will also make a push for Cole’s services. The Astros have publically stated they will get involved in the bidding but they are in a tougher financial situation and have the depth ready to replace him.
Cole, 29, is considered the top free agent on the market after his Cy Young caliber 2019 where he posted a 2.50 ERA, 2.64 FIP, 13.82 K/9, 2.03 BB/9 and 7.4 fWAR in 212 1/3 innings pitched. He holds a career 3.22 ERA, 3.06 FIP, 10.06 K/9, 2.37 BB/9 and 28.8 fWAR in 1,195 innings.
This is not the first time Cole has been connected to the Dodgers. Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the Dodgers love both Cole and Anthony Rendon.
Just a note about how to interpret what you read. This article refers to someone from mlb.com who says “the industry” believes Dodgers will pursue Cole. Pretty vague right? It doesn’t say “sources close to the team” or “Friedman said” etc.
Always check the source. When you see “unnamed sources” or “rumors” or “experts agree” it’s usually speculation and hope.
Not trying to throw shade on this article, just in general we get a lot of hype, a lot!
IF the Dodgers are truly interested in Cole then they should remember this age old axiom: “ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS…”
When push comes to shove AF will not sign the checks for Cole or Rendon!
I definitely agree with you, Rich and Paul.
These writers get paid to write what we the fans want to read but we’re not fools. None of these free agents will be even called by Friedman and company and most likely will get low cost veterans that are nothing but reclamation projects. Just promises and no more.
I wouldn’t sign Cole as he has a bad attitude as displayed after the WS. I think he is like Bryce Harper a poison in the room. However the Dodgers need pitching very badly.
I also have a gut feeling as LEIGH said , feeling that Cole is a poison in which the Dodgers had in the past and got rid of. One bad apple is all it takes to make a team dislike a certain person and set team chemistry array, sometimes jealousy,
Conceit in a person like nobody is better, many other reasons,I hope if this happens ,the Dodgers purchase Cole , that I am wrong. I am just giving my opinion not to be reflected as anti Dodger fan, Dodgers are the best
PLEASE STOP! Most here know this will not take place:
“According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the industry belief is that the Dodgers are expected to make a strong push for free-agent starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.”
Honestly is there anyone who believes Dodgers would even come close to signing Cole? For 1 thing he may not consider the Dodgers as a viable team for his services based upon reasons many have talked about before. and that starts with the ‘manager’ who is returning for 2020.