In many people’s eyes, the New York Yankees were short of just one thing last season that ultimately held them back from being able to win the World Series. That was pitching. Whether it was the fact that theirs was not all that good to begin with, or due to untimely injuries, they just weren’t quite good enough in that area to win it all. After a decade without a championship now, though, they have signaled a sign of intent with the signing of Gerrit Cole on a monstrous deal said to be worth $324 million over nine years.
This means they have the best pitcher in the world, for now at least, and that he becomes the highest paid pitcher of all-time in both the overall contract and per-season categories, surpassing Stephen Strasburg who held the title for a couple of days. In other Yankees-related news, sources have also indicated that shortstop Didi Gregorius is set to be a Philadelphia Phillie next season following a one-year deal said to be worth $14 million. He had an injury ravaged season in 2019, but there is little question that he was one of the Bronx Bombers’ best players in the two seasons prior.