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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/6/19

Ownership gives approval to land Gerrit Cole; Andy Pettitte makes trip to be part of Cole and Stephen Strasburg meetings; Yankees optimistic about Brett Gardner re-signing.

League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Three Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images | Jeff Passan: In the latest Yankees news regarding Gerrit Cole, we now know that Brian Cashman has been given ownership-level approval for the top pitcher on the free agent market. The Yankees have let Cole get away twice before but the organization doesn’t plan on letting him slip away once again. With this approval Cole is expected to set the record for the largest starting pitcher contract currently held by David Price and the Boston Red Sox.

New York Post | Post Sports Desk: It has been reported that the Yankees have met with both Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg this week. Now we’ve found out that Andy Pettitte, currently a special advisor to Brian Cashman, went along for the ride as well. With starting pitching a main priority of the New York Yankees and winning one of the main factors influencing Cole’s decision, things could be leaning in the Yankees’ favor. Pettitte joining Cashman, Aaron Boone, and Matt Blake in California only further demonstrates how serious they are about adding a top-tier starting pitcher for the upcoming decade. | Danny Abriano: While the Yankees are paying attention to Cole and Strasburg, Brett Gardner is still waiting around as a free agent. Considering Gardner re-signed with the Yankees on Halloween last offseason, it seems the reunion is taking longer than anticipated this time around. The Yankees still remain optimistic Gardner will be playing a role with the team come 2020. With Hicks injured until mid-season, adding the veteran Yankee seems like an easy decision right now. | Scott Soshnick: Yankees cross town rivals the Mets now have a new majority owner in Steve Cohen. He will not take control of the team until 2025 as Fred and Jedd Wilpon will remain in their roles until then. This could be great news for Mets fans who will have the richest owner of any baseball team in 2025.

According to Alex Rodriguez, Baby Yoda, the biggest hit from the new Disney+ show The Mandalorian, is no doubt a Yankees fan. That show has been a good Christmas present for Star Wars fans, and Gerrit Cole would be a good present for Yankees fans.