After the agreement between the New York Yankees and free agent ace Gerrit Cole became official, focus quickly turned to a loaded question: how much did the Dodgers offer?
Now we have an answer.
The Dodgers’ offer for Gerrit Cole was eight years for $300 million, per sources. It included deferrals.
The Angels’ offer was south of $300 million over eight years with deferrals.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) December 11, 2019
An offer of 8 years and $300M actually gives the Dodgers a higher average annual value over the 9 years and $324M that Cole ultimately settled on with New York. His deal with the Yanks puts him at $36M per season as where the Dodger deal would have been $37.5M.
Ultimately it seems it came down to the simple fact that Cole grew up a fan of the Yankees.
Belief is Gerrit Cole simply wanted to be a Yankee. Dodgers/Angels both were at about 300M (and likely would have gone a tad higher had he given go-ahead). Hometown thing over-rated. Yanks did nice job w/cutting-edge pitching coach Blake plus Pettitte, who knows about NY/winning
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2019
Notably, the LA deal also would have come with deferrals, which is…