Five-time World Series champion Andy Pettitte joined general manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and pitching coach Matt Blake in a meeting with the two free-agent superstars Tuesday and Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
The Yankees are one of a handful of teams who are going to be interested in Cole and Strasburg. SNY reported New York wants Cole “more than they’ve wanted a top free agent in years.”
The team was reportedly assured Cole doesn’t have a “West Coast” bias despite his roots and that he spurned the Yankees when he was younger and chose to go to UCLA rather than turn pro.
Both players are expected to command a salary north of $200 million.
Cole won 20 games for the first time in his career in his second season with the Houston Astros in 2019. He led the American League with a 2.50 ERA and led the majors with 326 strikeouts. He finished second in American League Cy Young Award voting.
Strasburg guided the Nationals to the franchise’s first World Series win. He led the National League with 18 wins and 209 innings pitched. He also had a 3.32 ERA and a career-high 251 strikeouts. He finished fifth in National League Cy Young Award voting.