Yankees to meet with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

Report: Yankees to meet with Cole, Strasburg

Report: Yankees to meet with Cole, Strasburg

The talks with teams have kept agent Scott Boras, who represents both aces, rather busy.

The New York Yankees have been widely reported to have ace Gerrit Cole at the top of their off-season wish list, but according to Jon Heyman, they might be scared of Cole picking a Southern California team - Angels or Dodgers - over the Big Apple.

The hot stove is finally beginning to heat up with less than a week until the annual MLB Winter Meetings commence in San Diego.

Preliminary meetings have been taking place with Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, and Gerrit Cole with numerous teams involved in the bidding for each of the top names.

In addition to the Yankees, Strasburg, a San Diego native, is expected to draw interest from his hometown Padres, although Rosenthal writes many "in the industry believe he will return to the [Washington] Nationals".

Cole, 29, has always been the target of appreciation from the Yankees, who selected him in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft as a high school prospect, but he chose to attend UCLA.

Strasburg, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Nationals, is 112-58 with a 3.17 ERA in 10 seasons with the Nationals. Cole ended with a 2.50 ERA and 2.36 DRA while striking out 326 batters over 212 1/3 innings of work.

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