Gerrit Cole and the Yankees have agreed to a nine-year, $324 million contract that surpasses the deal Stephen Strasburg finalized with the Nats for most total money and annual average salary for a pitcher, sources told ESPN.
The former Astros ace signed a nine-year, $324 million deal with New York on Tuesday night, giving him the highest average annual salary in baseball
While you were (possibly) asleep on Tuesday night, the Yankees, in the most Yankees of moves, reportedly landed free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole on a whopping nine-year, $324 million contract. It's the biggest contract to a pitcher and the highest average annual value ($36 million) for any player. It is a massive deal, in both money and potential ramifications. Its effects will be felt immediately and for years to come. Here are 10 ripple effects from the deal, for the Yankees and for the league as a whole.
As a teenager, Gerrit Cole broke the Yankees’ heart by choosing UCLA over them after the club drafted the right-hander with the 28th pick in the 2008 draft believing he wanted to sign. Ten years later, the Yankees were interested in acquiring Cole from the Pirates, who dealt the right-hander to the Astros, a trade that cut deeply because the Yankees and Astros were in the chase for AL supremacy.
Maybe it's something in the low-altitude Bronx air. On the night the Colorado Rockies visited Yankee Stadium for the first time in four seasons, a trio of former Rockies showed up, showed out and proved why the New York Yankees felt it was smart to acquire all three of them earlier this year. "It felt really good," current Yankees reliever and former Rockie Adam Ottavino said following New York's 8-2 win Friday night. "Everybody wants to perform well against familiar people."
When a major free agent hits the open market, it’s always anticipated that the New York Yankees will emerge as a primary suitor. It’s an expectation that never really changes, regardless of who the free agent is, how large the Yankees’ payroll is, or what the team’s actual needs might be. So when an elite infielder like Manny Machado, who’s already a four-time All-Star, who’s still only 26 years old with his prime years ahead of him, and who’s desire to play for the Yankees seemed clear, everyone waited to see how aggressive general manager Brian Cashman would be.
DJ LeMahieu has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees on a two-year, $24 million deal, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. LeMahieu will join the Yankees after seven impressive seasons with the Colorado Rockies that included two All-Star selections, three Gold Glove Awards and the 2016 National League batting title.
The New York Yankees have already taken care of some business this offseason, as they've re-upped with veteran lefty CC Sabathia and swung a trade for fellow lefty James Paxton. They're not done, though. The Yankees, with their deep pockets, still want to fortify the lineup, and to that end they've been linked to this year's top free agents, infielder Manny Machado and outfielder Bryce Harper. On Monday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Yankees GM Brian Cashman was asked about those two headliners. First, Harper ...
The Mariners and Yankees completed a trade Monday that sends ace left-hander James Paxton to New York for three prospects, including top-rated lefty Justus Sheffield. The other two prospects going to Seattle are outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams and right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson. Paxton, who turned 30 this month, has spent his entire career with Seattle. He went 11-6 in 28 starts last season with a 3.76 ERA, and his 208 strikeouts ranked ninth in the American League. He threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays on May 8.
Possible future Yankee Manny Machado showed again Friday night what kind of October force he can be, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Dodgers from coming up short in the opener of the NLCS. The Brewers hung on for a 6-5 victory at Miller Park to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Machado lined a home run in the second inning and ripped a two-run single in the eighth. The home run was his third in five postseason games for the Dodgers, the fifth player in Dodgers history to homer in three of the team’s first five postseason games, joining Manny Ramirez, Davey Lopes, Steve Garvey and Duke Snider.
Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees couldn’t wait to get back home. Now, that’s exactly where they’re staying. CC Sabathia became the latest pitcher to put New York in an early hole as rookie manager Aaron Boone again stuck with his starter too long, and the Yankees fell just short of extending their season Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of their AL Division Series.
Umpire Angel Hernandez -- who had four plays reviewed at first base in the first four innings of Game 3 on Monday night, three of which were overturned -- didn't get any better Tuesday night, at least not as far as one New York Yankees player was concerned. Starter CC Sabathia blasted Hernandez after New York's 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, saying unprompted that the veteran umpire was "terrible" behind the plate in the Yankees' season-ending defeat in the Bronx.
The Yankees now advance to the ALDS after their second straight Wild Card Game win
When Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez questioned the New York Yankees' hustle midweek, tweeting that they lacked the requisite energy of a championship team, heads inside the clubhouse turned. "We played 20 games in 20 days," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said to the New York Post in response. "It's fair to say guys were a little [weary]. We are doing the best we can."
During the 2018 Yankee Season Summer Marathon, the starting rotation became a basic jigsaw puzzle. With injuries and inconsistency abounding, the Yankees approached the trading deadline determined to find pieces to fit.
It took just one pitch Friday night for the long-simmering feud between the Red Sox and New York Yankees to experience its latest round of fireworks. And judging from the conflicting accounts that came out of the two clubhouses following the Red Sox's 4-1 win, it's clear neither team can agree on one key question: Was there intent?
Yankees ace Luis Severino wasn't happy about leaving Saturday's 8-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays after five innings even though his pitch count was up to 97 and his club was ahead four runs. Told he was done on a day his stuff wasn't sharp, Severino campaigned to manager Aaron Boone to go back out for the sixth.
While Alex Rodriguez still has his J. Lo, the Yankees sent theirs packing. For now. Manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees optioned right-handed starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga following a 5-3 loss to the Braves at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
Few events in the history of mankind have shattered the world as much as what transpired on Thursday night. Nations quaked, civilizations stood in shock, the Earth nearly fell off its axis.The occurrence that rocked the universe? The New York Yankees lost a game. The Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-4 Thursday, preventing New York from sweeping the three-game series with its arch rival. That loss dropped the two superpowers into a tie for first place in the AL East. It also ended a streak in which the Yankees won 17 of 18 games, steamrolling a fearsome collection of opponents that included the Astros, Angels, Blue Jays, Twins, Cleveland, and Boston.
After three straight games in which the Yankees pounded the Twins into submission, it seemed Minnesota might finally have turned the tables. A brilliant performance from right-hander Kyle Gibson helped the Twins take a two-run lead into the bottom of the ninth. Three batters later, though, it was clear the Yankees had just been setting up their own version of the Washington Generals, as Gary Sanchez blasted a game-winning, three-run homer off Fernando Rodney to give the Yankees a 4-3 win.