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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/5/19

Yankees insist money will be on the table for Cole; Bombers to let fans stream games without cable in 2020; Two possible starting pitching targets are already off the board.

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New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: If you haven’t heard, the Yankees met with Gerrit Cole, and felt it went well. The two sides reportedly didn’t discuss money, but the Yankees insist they will pony up for Cole. Davis likens the Yankees’ pursuit of Cole with their push to sign CC Sabathia 11 years ago. Sabathia has noted himself on the R2C2 podcast that if the Yankees put the money on the table for Cole, it would be hard for the right-hander to pass it up. | Brian Fonseca: Some interesting news here, as the Yankees reportedly will become the first MLB team to allow fans without a cable subscription to stream select games next season. Given that it’s always very difficult for in-market fans to stream local games due to blackout restrictions, this seems like a positive development. Still, we’re probably a long ways off from all games becoming available to all customers, regardless of whether they have cable.

ESPN: The Phillies could prove to be something of a thorn in the Yankees’ side this winter. Philadelphia inked a five-year contract worth $118 million with Zack Wheeler, removing a backup pitching option should the Yankees come up empty with Cole and Strasburg. They’ve also consistently been linked to Didi Gregorius, which makes sense given Joe Girardi’s status as new manager in Philly.

Less germane to the Yankees but still of note was the Braves’ signing of Cole Hamels to a one-year, $18 million pact. Hamels didn’t seem a likely target for the Bombers, but his signing is just one more indication that this winter might move quicker than the past two years.