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Watch Vladimir Guerrero Jr. break Home Run Derby record


Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. broke Josh Hamilton’s Home Run Derby record for most home runs in a single round, crushing 29 dingers ahead of Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman in their bracket matchup. Hamilton memorably hit 28 in the first round in the 2008 Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. It was thought to be an unassailable record, so much so that the Rangers tweeted this out:

Guerrero, the No. 8 seed, made it look easy, hitting tape-measure homers to left and left-center field at Progressive Field in Cleveland, finishing regulation time with 24 dingers. He easily unlocked 30 extra seconds on account of hitting two home runs at least 440 feet. He, in fact, reached as far as 478 feet. With his bonus time, Guerrero added five dingers for 29 total, setting the new single-round record.

Best of luck to Chapman. That’s a heck of an act to have to follow.


Update: Guerrero followed up with an additional 29 homers, kicking off the second round in his bracket matchup with Joc Pederson. So he tied his own record. Ridiculous.

Report: Gerrit Cole has seven-year, $245 million offer from Yankees

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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.