Over the weekend, it was reported that the New York Yankees were ready to offer free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole the same contract that Strasburg just signed. Right now the Dodgers, Rangers, Phillies, Braves and Nationals are all in the market for a third baseman.
In the latest report from the New York Times' Bob Klapisch, the Yankees have reportedly offered Cole a seven-year, $245 million deal that shatters the seven-year, $217M pact that David Price signed back in 2015 with the Boston Red Sox.
Strasburg's record won't last almost as long as the Boras-represented Gerrit Cole could top that number before the industry departs San Diego on Thursday.
The Blue Jays are casting a wide net in pursuit of a starting rotation, with some degree of interest in a group of starters that also includes Tanner Roark, Alex Wood, Wade Miley and Josh Lindblom. Are they $ 300 million or are they bankrupt now? On the heels of a record-setting postseason performance in October, Strasburg enacted the first of those opt-out clauses, believing he'd get more than the four years and $100 million that had been remaining on that deal.
Coming into the current Major League Baseball offseason, Bumgarner was expected to command a contract around four years in length and $65 million in total value; however, in the last couple of weeks, his stock has risen with the great health of the FA market thus far (a subject I recently wrote about).
According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Yankees are shopping veteran starter, JA Happ, to clear up more money to mount a more serious challenge for Cole. Cole has put together back-to-back All-Star seasons, was a Top 5 Cy Young candidate the past two years, and is arguably the best pitcher in the game. While the identity of this last team remains an enigma, it is most likely that they won't impact proceedings.
Gerrit Cole could land the fifth-largest contract in baseball history this week, with a number of MLB franchises scrambling to secure his services in free agency. Billionaire owner Arte Moreno, who is a partner in the company that agreed to buy Angel Stadium and its parking lots for $325 million, has the means to offer Cole a historic deal.
After going 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in five seasons with the Pirates, he blossomed under the analytics-focused staff of the Astros. After allowing one run and striking out 11 in Houston's 11-2 win in Angel Stadium on July 18, Cole said he enjoyed pitching in front of family members and friends.
The 29-year-old hard-throwing right-hander set an Astros record by winning his last 16 regular-season decisions and topped the AL with a career-best 2.50 ERA.
Other than that, there wasn't much new news for the Padres on Day 1, and they haven't been rumored to any free agents or trade candidates at this point. Bryant is still expected to be under team control for two more seasons before becoming a free agent. "We're not going to make change just for change's sake", Epstein said.