It was the second-to-last day of the regular season, and you probably already saw what happened in the games that mattered. But in case you didn’t …
The Pirates lost to the Reds in Cincinnati on a 10th-inning walkoff grand slam by Ramon Santiago and the Cardinals later fell to the Diamondbacks when David Peralta slugged a go-ahead three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning, so there was no movement in the National League Central standings. St. Louis leads by one game with one game to play.
The Twins trounced the Tigers in Detroit thanks to Eduardo Escobar driving in a career-high six runs and the Royals fell to the White Sox in Chicago after an ugly outing from Danny Duffy, so no ground was shifted in the American League Central standings. Detroit leads by one game with one game to play.
The A’s lost again after Jeff Samardzija yielded five runs and the Mariners eked out a win over the Angels in extras, so the second American League Wild Card spot remains undecided. Oakland leads by one game.
We’ve laid out all the scenarios in a post previewing Sunday’s action. This should be good.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Yankees 4, Red Sox 10
Pirates 6, Reds 10 (10 innings)
Marlins 1, Nationals 5
Padres 1, Giants 3
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 4
Rays 2, Indians 0
Braves 4, Phillies 2
Twins 12, Tigers 3
Royals 4, White Sox 5
Cubs 1, Brewers 2
Astros 1, Mets 2
Athletics 4, Rangers 5
Cardinals 2, Diamondbacks 5
Angels 1, Mariners 2 (11 innings)
Rockies 5, Dodgers 6 (12 innings)
Bob Klapisch of The New York Times reports that free agent starter Gerrit Cole has a seven-year, $245 million contract offer on the table from the Yankees. As Klapisch also notes, the deal would set a record for total value and average annual value for a pitcher, besting Zack Greinke‘s $34.4 million AAV and David Price‘s $217 million total.
While it is possible that Cole signs before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, clients of Scott Boras have tended to sign later in the offseason, so this may be a protracted process with today’s report as a jumping-off point. Both the Yankees’ and Angels’ front offices have received clearance from ownership to break the bank to sign Cole.
Cole, 29, could not have timed having a career year any better. During the regular season, he led all of baseball with 326 strikeouts and led the American League with a 2.50 ERA while also posting a 20-5 record and walking only 48 batters across 212 1/3 innings. He performed brilliantly in the playoffs as well, holding the opposition to seven runs on 21 hits and 11 walks with 47 strikeouts over 36 2/3 innings of work as the Astros narrowly missed out on winning another championship.
Cole is entering his age-29 season, so a deal of at least seven years would take him well into his mid-30’s. Teams, especially lately, have been hesitant to commit to pitchers, but as the Nationals showed with Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin, sometimes it leads to a championship.
For what it’s worth, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports says the Yankees haven’t made a formal offer to Cole yet, though the club plans to make one this week. During this time of year, both sides — front office personnel and player agents — leak details to the press to help establish leverage. What we can generally take from this is that the Yankees are hot for Cole and he’s going to get a record-setting contract from some team, even if it’s not the Yankees.