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Dodgers: In Gerrit Cole Sweepstakes, Yankees Concerned with LA Preference

We are just days away from the beginning of the Winter Meetings in San Diego and it appears the hot stove is already heating up around baseball. Preliminary meetings have been taking place with Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, and Gerrit Cole with numerous teams involved in the bidding for each of the top names.

The New York Yankees have been widely reported to have ace Gerrit Cole at the top of their off-season wish list, but according to Jon Heyman, they might be scared of Cole picking a Southern California team — Angels or Dodgers — over the Big Apple.

Cole attended high school at Orange Lutheran in Orange County, but also attended UCLA in Los Angeles County. The right-hander is born and bred a California boy and he may stay true to his roots this off-season. According to previous reports, however, Cole has no preference either way when it comes to playing for a west coast team or not.

Cole was the runner-up for the American League Cy Young Award in 2019 behind his Astros teammate Justin Verlander, but definitely had an argument as the best pitcher in baseball last season. Cole ended with a 2.50 ERA and 2.36 DRA while striking out 326 batters over 212 1/3 innings of work.

The reports regarding the Yankees being scared of the Angels and Dodgers makes sense as both teams have more spending power below the luxury tax threshold heading into the 2020 campaign.

Expect the news to heat up in the coming days regarding the megastar who appears to be in line for a contract figure over $250 million.

NEXT: Dodgers Already Met with Anthony Rendon

Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.


  1. Does anyone here firmly believe that Freidman would give out an offer of about $250 million to one pitcher? The Angels, in an effort to give Trout at least another chance at a PS appearance just may sign Cole to team up with him.

  2. Agreed Paul, also the Angels just signed Maddon and if you had a choice of managers ( Which is very important) when these athletes commit, between Roberts and Maddon? Angels in a landslide.

    1. Kirk, I would bet you already know my choice between those 2 managers ya mentioned…..Maddon, but we are stuck with Roberts and something just tells me current FA’s for the most part do not consider the Dodgers as an attractive draw at this time.

  3. This could be the year where Friedman jumps. Not sure it would be Cole. We just dropped Hill and Ryu’s contracts; so that covers one year. I could see Strasburg, Ryu OR Cole. But Friedman will have an option 2-4 years in if it’s Cole. And he will hunt for a trade 3 years or so in anyway. The guy is pretty slick. Anyway, we need a year or 2 to get May established. Can’t put a ton on his shoulders this next season.

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