HOUSTON – The end of the World Series heralds the opening of the market for OTC meat, meaning that the Yankees are tied to Gerrit Cole until he signs on them or elsewhere.
Due to an excellent regular season and 29-year-old Cole, a brilliant off-season for the Astros, is the king of the free-agent class and is in line with a contract that could bring him over $ 250 million.
There is no doubt about the right is Deluxe. The same applies to the presence of the hill and its durability.
And according to Southern California-born and former Yankee Phil Hughes, the pressure to take big money and throw in the Bronx will not stifle Cole.
"It raises 95 to -99 mph and that happens everywhere, no matter how high the pressure. & # 39; & # 39; Hughes told the post by telephone about Cole, who grew up in Orange County and saw Hughes pitching for Foothills High School in Santa Ana, California, he definitely can handle it and has the makings of it. "
Hughes knows what it's like to be a high-profile pinstriped pitcher. He was the Yankees' first choice in 2004 and reached the big leagues three years later at the age of 21
Meanwhile the history of Cole-Yankees is known. Cole was set up by the team for which he grew up in the first round of 2008 at Orange Lutheran High School. He spurned the Yankees and went to UCLA. Three years later, the pirates took him with the first choice in the draft. In five seasons with the pirates he went 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in 127 starts. These numbers made him attractive to the Yankees when the pirates put him on the trading block after the 2017 season. The Yankees were interested, but decided not to include Miguel Andujar, a third-floor stud prospect. The pirates liked the Astros package better and sent Cole to Houston, where he joined Justin Verlander as a co-ace.
Trading worked well for the Astros as Cole went from 2.65 ERA 35-10 to 65 launches. Last season he went to 20: 5 with 2.50 ERA and did not lose after May 22 until the Nationals reached him in Game 1 of the World Series.
It was speculated that Cole, who seemed to have checked out of Houston shortly after the Nationals defeated the Astros in Game 7 on Wednesday night, when he told an employee that he was no longer employed in the team, he signs up the Dodgers or Angels and throws up where he grew up. With the opening of a new baseball stadium next season in Arlington, Texas, the Rangers are associated with Cole. But Hughes, who said he's not in constant contact with Cole, even though they've spoken in the past, knows things can be exaggerated from the hometown.
"He's a very Californian guy, but that does not mean anything because everyone is different," Hughes said. "Mike Trout should go to Philly, where he comes from. I think [Cole] would like to play in New York. "
As always, the land of Cole is determined by money. He is represented by Scott Boras, who lives for negotiations such as the one in which Cole will be involved and benefits from buying "iconic" contracts from his clients.