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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Prized free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees have agreed to a record nine-year, $324 million contract, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. The deal includes an opt-out after five years, according to Passan, and it also has a full no-trade clause, sources told ESPN. It surpasses the deal Stephen Strasburg finalized with the Washington Nationals on Monday for most total money and annual average salary for a pitcher, at $36 million.




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As usual the NYY, unlike most other MLB teams, don't need to rely on a robust minor league farm system etc, as they just try to buy a world series trophy by dropping bags of cash on the stars built up from scratch on other teams. Been dealing with this "kidnapping" ad nauseum as a lifetime Red Sox fan (think Jacoby Ellsbury). Hilariously, even with their mountains of cash and despite trying like hell, they haven't been able to successfully buy a trophy for quite a few years. This all makes MLB soooo exciting -- exactly why many, me included, tend to prefer NCAA...

#1 | Posted by babyhuey at 2019-12-11 10:38 AM | Reply

" Been dealing with this "kidnapping" ad nauseum as a lifetime Red Sox fan "

Try being a small-market fan. At one point, the right side of the Yankees starting infield commanded more salary than several major league teams. There was even a year or two when A-Rod alone made more than the entire roster for Pittsburgh, or Tampa Bay.

#2 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-12-11 10:44 AM | Reply

we're obsessed with stars more than team performance. Big market teams can never tie the expense of contracts like this to the performance of that specific player and add it up and say, "yeah, his record, ERA, etc was worth it".

It's much more than that. Attendance, merchandise rights, and TV deals are driven by the stars.

And the money itself will generate so much interest in Cole more than his actual performance.

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2019-12-11 10:50 AM | Reply

I remember when the Marlins bought a great team, won the World Series and then sold off the players the following year.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2019-12-11 11:21 AM | Reply

Back when I lived in Kansas City, I watched developing players like Jermaine Dye and Johnny Damon get pirated year after year. The local joke was we had an all-star team...they just played for other clubs.

#5 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-12-11 11:23 AM | Reply

Marlins active payroll is $23Million.

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-11 12:05 PM | Reply


--------. The Yankees have a good minor league system. Look at their roster. Lot's of homegrown players. BTW, I hate the Yankees.

#7 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-12-11 02:49 PM | Reply

$23 million for whole team still too much... they are only playing a damn game.
I would be happy with a million a year no matter what how good you are.
Excessive greed is a form of mental illness.

#8 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-12-11 02:51 PM | Reply

"As usual the NYY, unlike most other MLB teams, don't need to rely on a robust minor league farm system etc, as they just try to buy a world series trophy by dropping bags of cash on the stars built up from scratch on other teams."

This is why the Communist NFL has a profit-sharing agreement; to prevent the monopoly power which inevitably results from Capitalism.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-11 02:55 PM | Reply

MLB needs a salary cap that can be reached by every team. A $200m salary cap only affects 4 teams. Set it at $75m and let the fur fly.

#10 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-12-11 02:59 PM | Reply



Excessive greed is a form of mental illness.

Excessive greed is a byproduct of capitalism.

The greediest person wins the game.

#11 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-12-11 03:55 PM | Reply

Athletes, actors and politicians are overpaid.

They'd all be doing the job regardless.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-12-11 03:56 PM | Reply

Baseball needs a salary cap in the worst way.

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-11 05:49 PM | Reply

The Yankees had revenue of $668 million in 2018. They can afford him. If he can have a few good years, and keep those seats filled and his team in the spotlight, it was worth it. Smack your son when he starts reading a book or gazing at a laptop, and take him to a game. Get him interested - he might be a natural, and you might have fertilized an egg that can buy your next house for you.

#14 | Posted by Spork at 2019-12-11 06:56 PM | Reply

Witnessing the slow death of baseball.
Lopsided salaries by big market tv contracted teams.
Too many teams.
Too many games.
Millennials not interested.

#15 | Posted by Docman at 2019-12-12 08:53 AM | Reply

I used to go to Wrigley in the 80's and get a bleacher seat for $3 Hot dogs were $0.65. It was a great way to spend an afternoon with friends. Now a bleacher seat costs $65 and hot dogs are $5.50. I haven't gone to a game in 6 years

#16 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-12-12 10:10 AM | Reply

I would be happy with

No one cares what you would be happy with.

I guess that's the problem for you liberals/socialists, that little thing called private property and free will.

#17 | Posted by boaz at 2019-12-12 10:20 AM | Reply

Yankee attendance was 3.3 million in 2019. Gerrit Cole will get $10.90 for every ticket sold at yankee stadium over the next 9 years. The average pitches per game for starting pitchers was 146 in 2019. On a 5 game rotation he would pitch 33 games in a season so 4,818 pitches a season so 43,362 over 9 years so $7,471.98 per pitch.

A person working for the median income in the USA would have to work 484 hours to earn what he will get for each pitch

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-12-12 01:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good pitcher. Not worth the money. If that's what it took to keep him, I'm glad he's gone.

#19 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2019-12-12 06:30 PM | Reply

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