As we speak, teams are descending on the Manchester Grant Hyatt in San Diego for the 2019 Winter Meetings. Expect a barrage of rumors and news through the 12th, and if we’re lucky, some signings and trades.
Since it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the news, Pinstripe Alley is going to run a series of posts containing all the Yankees rumors over the next four days. It’s important to remember that these are rumors, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Teams and agents posture, selectively releasing information in a way that benefits them.
Rumors of the Day (December 8, 2019)
- 8:30 PM ET: The Modern Baseball Era Committee voted Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons into the Hall of Fame. It’s about time Miller made it. Unfortunately Munson and Mattingly were left on the outside looking in.
- Reports of a contract offer to Gerrit Cole may have been premature. According to Mark Feinsand, Jon Heyman, and Bob Nightengale, no official offer has been extended by the Bombers.
- The Yankees have an offer to Gerrit Cole on the table, according to Bob Klapisch. He reports it’s worth $245 million over the course of seven years. The rest of the bidding has to take shape, with the Angels and Dodgers expected to make significant pushes, but this is a strong opening move by the Bombers.
- Scott Boras, never one to shy away from metaphors, delivered his assessment on the state of free agency. “If the Winter Meetings were given a movie title,” he told Jim Bowden, “[the] 2018 Winter Meetings: “Slow Burn”. He appeared more optimistic about this year, however: “[The] 2019 Winter Meetings: “Fast and Furious.”
- The Modern Baseball Era Committee holds its Hall of Fame voting tonight. Several former Yankees are on the ballot, including Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, and Tommy John. Marvin Miller, the architect of baseball’s free agency, could also receive enshrinement, an induction long overdue.
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