As the collective baseball world convenes in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the GM Meetings, Wednesday saw super-agent Scott Boras take center stage.
Boras, who represents the biggest names on this year's free agent market, including Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon, met with reporters to discuss the state of the game, from his perspective, and how the free-agent landscape looks heading into hot stove season.
On Cole, whom the Brian Cashman has publicly declared the Yankees would be in on this offseason, Boras had a creative way of explaining how many teams he expects to be in on the superstar starting pitcher.
"Probably if this were Major League Christmas, we'd be looking at 30 stockings that would clearly want a lump of Cole," Boras said.
Cole finished the 2019 season with a 20-5 record, a 2.50 ERA, and a 0.895 WHIP, finishing as a Cy Young finalist.
And while just about every team would like to add Cole to bolster their starting rotation, Boras did admit that the Yankees would appears to be an attractive destination for any player looking for a new home in 2020.
"Each franchise has windows of opportunity. I think everybody, when they talk about the Yankees, I think everyone views them as a now team," said Boras. "They view them as a club that is very capable of being really, really successful over a four-year or so period.
"And certainly, they're in a great place to take advantage of that. To the levels they want to take advantage of it, to the probabilities they want to, I can say this: I certainly have some ideas that might increase their probabilities."
Aside from Cole and Strasburg, the Yankees also will likely be in on Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler, and other top-tier starters, looking to upgrade a starting rotation that was the Achilles heel at times for a 103-win team that went on to lose to the Astros in the ALCS.