TAMPA — Gerrit Cole met Gleyber Torres for the first time Monday, which was the same day the Yankees’ shortstop strongly accused last year’s Astros, which Cole helped pitch to the World Series by beating the Yankees in the ALCS, of cheating.
Tuesday the Yankees’ ace responded to Torres’ accusations of sign stealing by the Astros.
“He is entitled to his opinion. It’s an emotional subject for everybody,” Cole told The Post inside the Steinbrenner Field clubhouse following the Yankees’ first full-squad spring training workout. “I’ll just say what I said before, that I didn’t see anything and as far as my perspective we were clean.”
Cole’s stunning success across the past two seasons, when he went 35-10 with a 2.68 ERA in 65 starts for the Astros, and a nine-year contract for a whopping $324 million make his locker a popular stop during the early days of camp. He has handled the attention in a very professional manner, which is the way the 29-year-old views having a discussion with Torres.
“Maybe in time if it comes up organically,” Cole said of Torres’ strong cheating accusations. “People got to do what people got to do. It’s their own…