The day that Yankees fans have been waiting for has finally come. It’s officially official, Gerrit Cole is a New York Yankee. Cole was signed yesterday to a record-breaking nine-year contract. Totaling at a whopping $324 million, Cole is now the highest-paid pitcher of all time.
Gerrit Cole is exactly what the Yankees needed all of last season, an elite pitcher. It can obviously be said that Luis Severino is an elite pitcher as well, but can he even be compared to a guy like Gerrit Cole? No, not at all. And for that reason, Brian Cashman went into this offseason with one player on his mind, Gerrit Cole.
Cole, who turned 29 in September, has some pretty astonishing career stats. With the Pirates, Gerrit Cole put up a record of 59-42, along with a 3.50 ERA. Although this may not sound like a player worth $324 million, your mind will be changed after hearing about his time in Houston. Over his two seasons with the cheating Astros, Cole was arguably the best pitcher in baseball. His totals after two seasons was a 35-10 record, 2.68 ERA, and an incredible 602 strikeouts. To put that strikeout number into perspective, Cole only struck out 734 batters throughout his FIVE seasons with the Pirates. It’s also important to note that his 2019 ERA, strikeout number, ERA+, FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching, which measures a pitcher’s effectiveness at preventing HR, BB, HBP, and causing SO), and SO9 (strikeouts per nine innings) were the best in the MLB. Along with getting a $324 million contract, Cole was rewarded for his past two seasons with his second and third all-star game selections.
Gerrit Cole should complete an already star-studded lineup in the Bronx. The Yankees now arguably have four legit stars on their roster (Cole, Torres, Judge, and Stanton). As for their starting pitching rotation, it’s safe to say that it’ll look something like this:
- Gerrit Cole
- Luis Severino
- Masahiro Tanaka
- James Paxton
- Domingo German/Jordan Montgomery
With the lethal combination of Gerrit Cole and Luis Severino, the Yankees now have one of the best one-two punches in the league. Combined with their superb lineup and a solid bullpen, the Yankees are already being seen as a favorite for the World Series next season. After signing Cole, the spotlight is on the Pinstripes. The Yankees made it clear yesterday that they mean business, now all that’s left to do is prove it.