SAN DIEGO — Gerrit Cole’s Newport Beach home is some 100 miles from the Manchester Grand Hyatt, site of baseball’s winter meetings. Yet Cole didn’t have to hop on I-5 South and walk through its doors to deliver the biggest jolt to the game’s annual transaction bazaar in at least five years.
Cole’s – a record for a pitcher by several metrics, and nearly a record for a free agent – casts the Bronx Bombers as clear World Series favorites.
And the reverberations leave a trail of disappointment for several teams – and a small fortune for several more players to claim.
Cole’s deal was a perfect storm of several big-market clubs thirsting to get over the top – the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers