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Gerrit Cole market expected to crank up

Reports indicate that the market for free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole is expected to accelerate in the next few days

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MLB Rumors: Gerrit Cole has the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels after him, with Jeff Passan saying those three teams are seen as the favorite for the free agent right handed starting pitcher. Passan says teams will be making initial offers soon, and Jon Heyman says initial offers are supposed to be submitted early next week. Heyman lists the Texas Rangers and the Philadelphia Phillies as being linked to Cole, as well.

The consensus seems to be that the Yankees have made Cole their top priority, and are prepared to do whatever it takes in the way of a contract offer to land him. Cole, however, is seen as preferring to return to Southern California, if possible, putting the Dodgers and Angels in play even if they don’t bid as high as New York.

The Rangers may check in on Cole, but indications from the local beat guys are that Anthony Rendon is the team’s priority, and they won’t likely be serious players for Cole.

The 29 year old Cole was the first overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he didn’t establish himself as an ace until he was traded to the Houston Astros after the 2017 season. Over the past two years he has established himself as one of the top pitchers in baseball, and is expected to get a record-setting contract.