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The Death Star is now at fully operational. How is the media reacting to the Gerrit Cole signing?

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Finally! At long last, after swinging and missing in two previous occasions, Brian Cashman caught his “white whale,” signing free agent ace Gerrit Cole to a record nine year, $324 million deal late Tuesday night.

Thanks to Hal Steinbrenner, former Yankee great Andy Pettitte, and of course, the money on the table, the right-hander will realize his childhood dream of pitching for the Bronx Bombers.

The Yankees reportedly beat the two Los Angeles teams, the Dodgers and the Angels, in the race for Cole’s services. Now, they will enter the 2020 season with the righty in front of the rotation, followed by the formidable trio of Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton in some order.

After the bombshell news, reported by Jon Heyman, the Twitter world exploded and reactions were all over the place. Here are some of them:

Ah, the tweet that started all. Needless to say, the Gerrit Cole contract surpassed the one that Stephen Strasburg signed just a couple of days ago in guaranteed dollars and average annual value.

We all remember the CC Sabathia deal very fondly. Isn’t it a beautiful coincidence that both are Californian and were expected to sign somewhere else? Sabathia led the Yankees to a championship in the first year of his deal, let’s hope Cole does exactly the same.

The Yankees did make their homework in pursuing Cole. They made sure to hit the right buttons at the most opportunistic time. There is no greater challenge, and no better incentive, than succeeding in pinstripes.

This is important to note. The Cole deal comes with an opt-out contract after the fifth season, in 2024. If he chose to walk away at that time, he would be leaving $145 million on the table. That’s a lot, but if he, when the time comes, considers hitting free agency, it will be because he has succeeded in those five years.

God bless you, Cole’s friend. Wherever you are. You are a wise person.

It finally happened. Cole’s the one on the right.

A “baaaaaaaaad” man, he is!

Your standard no-trade clause. Another important detail to keep in mind for the future.

I’m leaning towards the former statement! How about you?

Now, that is deep. It is important to note that J.A. Happ is expected to be traded, but as of now, he is part of the roster and the rotation depth chart. It is a strong, top-heavy group with all kinds of pieces.

Now, some of the players’ reactions:

This is absolutely hilarious! Go Sevy! You two will probably be fighting for Cy Young awards for the next decade.

A round of applause, indeed!


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