SAN DIEGO — With his back to the harbor and Coronado Island on a picturesque late Southern California morning, Aaron Boone’s face was painted with contentment Wednesday on the Manchester Grand Hyatt balcony.
Why wouldn’t he look so satisfied?
Tuesday night, the Yankees signed free agent right-hander Gerrit Cole to a record-breaking, nine-year deal for $324 million that put the best pitcher available atop the Yankees’ rotation.
So, ahead of the deal becoming official after Cole takes a physical on Monday with a press conference likely Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Boone gushed about his newest toy.
“You are talking about a guy who is the best of the best,” he said of Cole, who went 35-10 with a 2.68 ERA in 65 starts the past two years for the Astros and is 94-52 with a 3.22 ERA in 192 big-league starts. “A guy certainly in the prime of his career. We are talking about a great, great player. We are seeing a guy who is really talented, really good at his craft, really intelligent and now has the experience at 29 in the prime of his career. This is what greatness looks like.”
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