While the MLB hot stove is heating up with Gerrit Cole news, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone remains totally chill about his 2020 roster.
The New York Yankees universe is on the edge of its seat, anticipating a possible Gerrit Cole signing. Well, everyone except for Bombers skipper Aaron Boone, who is taking a more zen approach to the situation:
“If it’s meant to be, it will,” Boone said in a YES Network appearance, referencing his team’s pursuit of Cole.
Boone also expressed confidence that New York’s current roster is “elite.” And he added that he has no say in any contract negotiations between Cole and the Bombers anyway.
Such statements may explain his apparent ambivalence regarding Cole. Why should he stress about what he can’t control?
That’s one way to look at it. Another is to get worked up into a frenzy by the constant buzz of speculation surrounding Cole and the Yankees.
There have already been reports of a seven-year, $245 million offer from New York to the 29-year-old. However, those numbers quickly became irrelevant when 31-year-old Stephen Strasburg inked an identical deal with the Washington Nationals.
New York is also said to be shopping J.A. Happ. Such a move could make financial space for a larger Cole offer.
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There is good news for fans who can’t tap into Boone’s laidback philosophy regarding the suspense. Rumors indicate that Cole will choose his next team during MLB’s Winter Meetings, which wrap up on Thursday.
But wherever Cole ends up, Aaron Boone is right. The Yankees are already stacked for another run at the World Series in 2020.
So, everyone can just chill and see what happens.