The Yankees are in pursuit of free agent Gerrit Cole. Here's the latest...
Dec. 5, 8:17 PM:
ESPN's Jeff Passan has reported that not only have the Yankees made signing Cole their top priority, which SNY's Andy Martino has previously noted, but that the team now has "ownership-level approval to offer him a record deal."
The current record deal for a pitcher is held by David Price, who signed a seven-year, $217 million deal with the Red Sox in December 2015.
Martino reported on Thursday that Cole is the Yankees 'primary target,' and that the team has squared their focus on signing him, and, to a lesser degree, Stephen Strasburg.
Cole met with the Yankees on Tuesday.
Dec. 5, 9:18 AM:
Cole has "assured" the Yankees he does not have a "West Coast bias," Jon Heyman reported on Wednesday night.
There have been some -- including the Yankees, as SNY's Andy Martino has reported -- who believe Cole might prefer to sign with a team in California, where he grew up.
As the Yankees continue their pursuit of Cole, they are also interested in Stephen Strasburg, but Martino reported on Wednesday that Cole is their primary target.
Dec. 4, 2:18 PM:
In addition to the Yankees, the Angels and Dodgers have met face-to-face with Cole, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Dec. 4, 8:36 AM:
The Yankees had a "very nice" first meeting with Cole on Tuesday, reports Jon Heyman, who adds that money was not specifically discussed.
Heyman added that when it comes to the Yankees' pursuit of Cole, "the dollars will be there."
Cole is the Yankees' top target, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday that the Yankees want Cole more than they've wanted a top free agent in years, adding that New York is trying to balance their pursuit of Cole with potential pursuits of at least two other starting pitchers -- Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner.
Dec. 3, 1:34 PM:
The Yankees are meeting with Cole on Tuesday in Southern California, reports Jon Heyman.
Dec. 2, 11:50 PM:
The Yankees plan on sitting down with Cole (and Stephen Strasburg) over the next couple days, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
Sources also tell Rosenthal that the Yankees are making Cole "a priority." Even though the Winter Meetings begin next week, Rosenthal says negotiations for Cole are likely to extend into January.
Nov. 26, 12:07 PM:
There is a "general industry perception" that Cole prefers to sign with a team on the west coast, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who adds that the Yankees don't have any "specific information" that indicates Cole would choose a team in California over them.
However, while the Yankees are still in on Cole, Martino adds that there is also a perception that the Angels are prepared to "go bonkers" in pursuit of Cole and "spend whatever it takes" to land him.
Nov. 26, 9:18 AM:
Jon Heyman said Monday on MLB Tonight that he thinks Cole will "probably" wind up on the west coast or east coast, and that while the Yankees are a "possibility," they're not counting on Cole winding up there.
"The Yankees believe that he's probably going to go to the Angels," Heyman said. "But either of them would not shock me."
Nov. 25, 8:18 AM:
The Dodgers have interest in signing Cole (and Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon), but there's a caveat, reports Jon Heyman.
According to Heyman, the Dodgers have set "valuations" for what they feel the three biggest names on the market are worth and "intend to remain disciplined" when it comes to their pursuits.
Cole, who is thought to prefer the west coast, could be a perfect fit for the Dodgers, who could lose Hyun-jin Ryu in free agency and are experiencing what appears to be the downside of Clayton Kershaw's career.
As far as the Yankees, the latest -- per SNY's Andy Martino -- has them "initially lukewarm" on Zack Wheeler (who could sign quickly) when compared to the potential of landing Cole.
Nov. 18, 9:08 AM:
There have been whispers that the California native Cole's preference is to sign with a team on the west coast, but one of those teams might not be in pursuit.
The Giants might not "feel it's time" to go after the biggest free agents such as Cole or Anthony Rendon, Kerry Crowley of The Mercury News noted on Monday.
While the Giants might not be a threat to land Cole, they could make a play for Zack Wheeler, writes Crowley.
Nov, 15, 9:01 AM:
Yankees GM Brian Cashman updated where things stand with Cole and fellow free agent Stephen Strasburg.
"Everything we're getting right now is information, we're either providing (or) expressing interest," Cashman said. "You get some definition of -- depending on the agent -- of what might be."
Nov. 13, 7:40 PM:
Super-agent Scott Boras, who represents Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon, spoke about how his clients might view the Yankees.
"Each franchise has windows of opportunity," Boras said. "I think everybody, when they talk about the Yankees, I think everyone views them as a now team. 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."
Nov. 12, 11:47 AM:
Cole is unlikely to sign until January at the earliest, SNY's Andy Martino reported.
While Cole could be on the market for a long time, the markets for Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon should move faster than expected.
Nov. 11, 10:23 PM:
Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed the team plans to pursue Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.
"We're going to talk to Strasburg. We're going to talk to Cole," Cashman said, while adding that he does not have a directive to get under the $208 million luxury tax threshold. "We're going to talk to the higher-end guys and talk to some surprise guys I'm sure. It's hard to predict, but obviously anybody would have interest in players like that."