Passan: Giants among teams ‘positioned and motivated’ to sign Gerrit Cole

Free-agent to-be is brother-in-law of Brandon Crawford

Karl Buscheck
August 28, 2019 - 4:02 pm

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Gerrit Cole, current Astro ace and Cy Young contender, could be on the Giants’ winter shopping list, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

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The right-hander, who turns 28 in September and happens to be the brother-in-law of one Brandon Crawford, is poised to be one of the most sought after free agents when he hits the market this weekend.Passan ID’d the Giants as one of nine suitors for Cole, nothing that he’s slated to cash out.

“Teams that want Cole understand that he's getting more than $200 million this offseason.”

The Giants already have their own free-agent starter  to-be in Madison Bumgarner. Here’s how Passan handicaps the early market for Cole:

“Teams that want Cole understand that he's getting more than $200 million this offseason.”

“How much more is the question. The record deal for a starter is David Price's $217 million. The record per year for a pitcher is Zack Greinke's $34.4 million… Cole seeking Price's seven years at Greinke's average annual value is not out of the realm of possibility, not with the Astros, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves all positioned and motivated to explore adding Cole.

That’s a sizeable outlay, even for a pitcher as accomplished and young (at least in terms of free-agents) as Cole, the three-time All-Star, is. 

Stay tuned. While Giants baseball boss Farhan Zaidi has shied away from big dollar moves in his short time with the club, the free-agent season promises to be exciting.

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