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CC Sabathia is trying to sell Gerrit Cole on the Yankees

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CC Sabathia was on his podcast the other day and he talked about how he’s been lobbying Gerrit Cole to sign with the New York Yankees. Which could be effective given that he has some special insight to the whole thing.

Sabathia, like Cole, is from California. When he was a free agent after the 2008 season there was widespread speculation that he preferred to sign with a California-based team. A seven-year, $161 million contract offer from the Yankees persuaded him to head to The Bronx instead.

Sabathia said that a similar approach could do the same for Cole, who is also suspected of preferring to head west:

“if you give that motherf***er enough money, he’s going to want to come here.”

Seems simple, eh?

I dunno, maybe Cole has no desire whatsoever to come east or to join the Yankees. But Sabathia’s example is probably worth remembering if the Yankees don’t seriously engage Cole. It’ll especially be worth remembering if they don’t engage him and claim that Cole’s presumed lack of a desire to come to New York is the reason.

Because they know darn well that, if you offer a motherf***er enough money, they might just change their mind.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.