TAMPA — Gerrit Cole brings to the Yankees a resume that includes a league-best 326 strikeouts and a 2.65 ERA from a year ago, but the 29-year-old is still seeking his first World Series title.
And on the day the Yankees held their first workout of the spring with pitchers and catchers on Thursday, Cole made it clear he understood that with the $324 million contract he signed comes the expectation of a championship.
“I love it,” Cole said of the team’s World Series-or-bust mentality. “From a player perspective, it doesn’t get much [simpler] than that. It’s the dream to go out there every day and try to win every single time. It sounds very simple, but you guys know better than I do, being around this organization, there are a lot of moving parts and there are a lot of people that pour a lot of time into simplifying that one theme: We need to win a world championship… That drive to win is what fuels you.”
The right-hander addressed the media for the first time Thursday after reporting to camp Wednesday.
And in addition to making it clear he didn’t want to talk about his former team’s sign-stealing scandal, Cole expressed bitterness in being part of a…