Gerrit Cole Will Sign With Philadelphia Phillies
Gerrit Cole will sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, if the reports of his new mystery suitor are true.
For the majority of the offseason the popular belief has been that he would sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees or Los Angeles Angels.
On Tuesday, however, a report emerged which flipped that notion on its head.
According to Jon Heyman, a “mystery team” has jumped into the fray for the right hander’s services.
Hear there’s a mystery team on Cole. Hard to imagine anyone thinks they are coming in late and outbidding the Yankees and 2 LA teams (even if one’s in Anaheim). No idea the identity of said team, but that’s why it’s a mystery.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 10, 2019
“Hear there’s a mystery team on Cole,” he tweeted out.
“Hard to imagine anyone thinks they are coming in late and outbidding the Yankees and 2 LA teams (even if one’s in Anaheim). No idea the identity of said team, but that’s why it’s a mystery.”
You don’t need to be a psychic to figure out there are only two legitimate options here.
One, there is no mystery team and Scott Boras is just trying to drive up player value.
Or two, Philly has entered the game and will make another big splash this offseason.
There are not a ton of teams out there who would be willing to spend the $300+ million it will take to bring Cole in – but the Phillies are definitely one of them.
Philadelphia has been throwing around bags of cash left and right over the past few years, so why should the organization’s pursuit of Cole be any different?
If Anthony Rendon ultimately ends up somewhere other than the city of Brotherly Love, then the Phillies could definitely use some of the funds they set aside for him on Cole.
You will recall, something very similar happened with Cliff Lee back in 2010 when he was reportedly being pursued by the Yankees and Texas Rangers. Suddenly Philly swooped in out of nowhere and brought him in.
Is it a guarantee that the same thing will happen here? Obviously not.
Could it happen, though? Absolutely.
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