Yankees Agree To Sign Star Pitcher Gerrit Cole To Record-Setting $324 Million Deal, Reports Say – CBS New York
According to reports just before midnight Eastern Time, Cole and the Yankees have come to an agreement on a record contract.
The deal is reportedly worth $324 million over nine years — which would set records for both total money and average annual value ($36 million per season) ever given to a pitcher in baseball history.
Breaking: Gerrit Cole to Yankees. 9 years. 36M per. 324M total.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2019
Cole is coming off one of the great pitching seasons in recent memory and, arguably, the best walk-year performance in baseball history.
The 29-year-old workhorse struck out a staggering 326 batters in 212.1 innings this past season. It was his second All-Star campaign in a row with the Astros, who was seemingly revived after not reaching his full potential with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The mega-contract will reportedly include a full no-trade clause and there will be no money deferred in the deal.
none of the money on Cole’s deal is deferred. He received a no-trade clause #Yankees
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 11, 2019
The deal does reportedly include an opt-out clause after the right-hander’s fifth season in New York.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2019
For 2020 at least, there will be an elite starting staff on the mound in the Bronx — as Cole immediately moves to the top of a rotation that will also include Luis Severino, James Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka.
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Hal Steinbrenner had reportedly given his longtime GM, Brian Cashman, ownership’s blessing to offer the prized free agent a “record-setting” deal. That plan became reality Tuesday night at the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego.
The Yanks reportedly beat out the perennial World Series contending Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels to land the most coveted free agent of the winter.
It’s the largest contract the Steinbrenner family has ever handed out to a free agent. The $324 million is more than twice as much as the team gave CC Sabathia ($161 million) when New York inked the lefty to a deal before the 2009 season.