May 13, 2021

Who’s better Jacob deGrom or Gerrit Cole? 32 MLB experts weigh in (New York Post)

It is, as one executive from a National League team noted, “like asking someone to choose between Ali and Tyson in their primes.”

That didn’t stop The Post from asking, though. With New York now the workplace for both Jacob deGrom, the two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, and Gerrit Cole, who placed a close second (to Astros teammate Justin Verlander) in last year’s American League Cy Young voting, we surveyed 32 baseball operations people — a mix of front-office and field staff who currently work for teams other than the Yankees or Mets — with this query:

If you could have either Gerrit Cole or Jacob deGrom for the 2020 season, at identical salaries, which ace would you choose and why?

With many sharing the aforementioned NL official’s sentiment that either would do just fine, thanks, Cole ultimately prevailed by a 19-13 margin.

Why? Here’s what we heard from our respondents, on the condition of anonymity:

In support of Cole

Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole
Jacob deGrom and Gerrit ColeAnthony J. Causi; N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

1. His AL experience. Five voters cited Cole’s past two years of success with the Astros in what is widely regarded as the superior offensive…

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