The Royals’ game against the Blue Jays on Monday night may be postponed due to ice puncturing the roof of the Rogers Centre. The Royals have had it up to here with ice, as a matter of fact.
As Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports, a chunk of ice flew off one of the Royals’ team buses into the windshield of their other bus. Shards of the broken windshield hit the driver and reliever Blaine Boyer had to grab the wheel. The driver turned out to be okay. Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto adds that the incident happened when the Royals were on their way into town from the airport last night.
The Royals are sure glad they reached out to Boyer in February, signing him to a minor league deal. Boyer made the Opening Day roster out of spring training and will earn a $1 million salary in the majors. He’s already been worth every penny and then some.
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.