Right-hander Gerrit Cole is expected to sign a record-setting contract by the end of the winter meetings, sources tell ESPN's Jeff Passan. The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers are the top bidders.
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In a move to trim payroll while pursuing star free agents, the Angels traded infielder Zack Cozart and touted prospect Will Wilson to the Giants for a player to be named of cash considerations. Cozart is due $12.67 million in 2020.
The Yankees, who have made signing Gerrit Cole their top offseason priority, have made an offer to the right-hander that is more than the $245 million deal that Stephen Strasburg got from the Nationals, sources told ESPN.
Joe Maddon said the pitcher "has definite ideas on what it takes to be successful, and it's really apparent in his game also."
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