After missing out on Gerrit Cole multiple times in the past, CC Sabathia believes the New York Yankees won’t make those same mistakes again this offseason.
The recently retired starting pitcher spoke about the most coveted free agent pitcher during his R2C2 podcast and reiterated his stance regarding Cole becoming a Yankee in 2020.
New episode drops tomorrow, but here's a sneak preview of @CC_Sabathia talking about his "West Coast guy" convos with Gerrit Cole 👀
— R2C2 is UNINTERRUPTED (@R2C2) November 6, 2019
As seen in the clip above, CC Sabathia has already spoken to Cole multiple times about bringing his services to the Bronx. During Sabathia’s podcast, the 39-year-old referenced to when he signed his seven-year, $161-million contract with the Yankees in 2008, and how similar this offseason is compared to back then.
“Me and Gerrit Cole have spoken at length many times about me pitching as a Yankee as a West Coast Guy,” Sabathia said. “This is crazy, this is shaping out … like the same offseason I had.”
Despite the Yankees’ interest and desperate need for Cole, their team can’t afford to hinder themselves financially throughout the entire length of the deal. According to multiple reports, Cole could be seeking over $300 million this offseason.
With Cole being from the West Coast, immediately the Angels and the Padres have become serious contenders for his services.
Just like Sabathia said, whoever offers Cole the most money will likely be rewarded with his services over the next ten seasons or so. After the Yankees failed to sign Cole out of high school in 2008, then virtually ten years later the team failed again to outbid the Astros in a trade for the 29-year-old.
So, general manager Brian Cashman would surely love to finally bring Cole to the Yankees this winter.
The Yankees would significantly improve their chances of winning the World Series by signing Cole this offseason. Although, Cashman will need to accomplish that feat at a price that will benefit the Yankees and not hinder them.