2019 MLB Winter Meetings Day 3 Live: Will Gerrit Cole’s Yankees Deal Open Floodgates?


December 11, 2019

10:39 p.m.: Anthony Rendon is getting paid by the Angels, according to Jon Heyman.

4:50 p.m.: It appears Michael Wacha is off to the New York Mets, according to MLB Network’s Joel Sherman.

3:30 p.m.: It sounds as if we’re nearing our first real blockbuster trade of the winter meetings, as the Dodgers are zeroing in on superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

1:15 p.m.: Here’s a little tidbit that could end up being one of the offseason’s biggest blockbusters: Jon Heyman is reporting the Colorado Rockies are apparently open to trading third baseman Nolan Arenado, less than a year after giving him a massive contract extension. As Heyman notes, Arenado being available could have a strong effect on an already robust third-base market.

10:48 a.m.: Once again, the Dodgers are getting plenty of attention at this year’s winter meetings.

10:30 a.m.: With Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg off the market, teams in need of starting pitching help might need to look to the trade market. Would the Boston Red Sox, who want to get under the luxury tax this winter, be open to trading former Cy Young Award winner David Price?

8:30 a.m.: The Dodgers are among the teams scrambling in the fallout of the Gerrit Cole news, and it appears LA is now turning its attention to a rival they know quite well.

Seeing Bumgarner, who was at the center of a few Dodgers-Giants controversies in his days by the Bay, in Dodger blue would be jarring.

7:30 a.m. ET: As much of the baseball world slept Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the New York Yankees found themselves in a familiar position: opening their checkbook and thus sending shockwaves through the sport.

Reports started trickling in Tuesday night, and now it’s all but official: The Yankees and top free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole reportedly have agreed to a record-breaking, nine-year deal worth $324 million.

So, now what?

The MLB winter meetings continue Wednesday in San Diego, as we will wait and see whether more dominoes start to fall now that Cole is off the board. Compared to recent years, it’s been a busy winter meetings thus far with Stephen Strasburg re-signing with the Washington Nationals serving the role as the opening act for Cole’s gargantuan pact with the Bronx Bombers.

Perhaps Cole signing will open the floodgates for the next tier of pitching free agents, and it might also increase the trade chatter across the league as teams like the Dodgers and Angels — figured to be among the finalists for Cole — will move onto their respective Plan B’s.

We’ll be following it all right here with our daily live blog throughout the day, so be sure to check back early and often.

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