The length and figure are similar to what Bob Klapisch of The New York Times is reporting the Yankees offering to Cole.
I'm told #Yankees have a seven-year, $245 million offer on the table for Gerrit Cole. Would be a record-setting contract for a pitcher, surpassing Greinke’s $34.4 million AAV. Question is whether #Dodgers or #Angels will go to 8-9 or even 10 years.— Bob Klapisch (@BobKlap) December 8, 2019
Those figures are now a jumping-off point for the crazy offers teams will make to the former Astros star.
Following Strasburg's deal, the 29-year-old Cole is likely to get more than seven years and much more than $245 million.
Don't be surprised if Cole's deal approaches or even surpasses $40 million a year.
The Yankees, Dodgers, and Angels lead the pack in pursuit of Cole. Barring a stunning reversal of plans that have long been in place, the Astros won't pay to keep the AL Cy Young Award runner-up.
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