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Dodgers Free Agency: Industry Belief is LA Will Seriously Pursue Gerrit Cole, per Feinsand

The Dodgers join the Yankees and Angels as the teams with the most interest in Cole.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning in Game Five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The MLB General Manager Meetings don’t begin until this week but that hasn’t stopped any free agency and trade rumors.

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the industry belief is that the Dodgers are expected to make a strong push for free-agent starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.

The belief within the industry is that the Angels, Dodgers and Yankees are the three teams most likely to seriously pursue Cole.

Feinsand also notes the Yankees and Angels will also make a push for Cole’s services. The Astros have publically stated they will get involved in the bidding but they are in a tougher financial situation and have the depth ready to replace him.

Cole, 29, is considered the top free agent on the market after his Cy Young caliber 2019 where he posted a 2.50 ERA, 2.64 FIP, 13.82 K/9, 2.03 BB/9 and 7.4 fWAR in 212 1/3 innings pitched. He holds a career 3.22 ERA, 3.06 FIP, 10.06 K/9, 2.37 BB/9 and 28.8 fWAR in 1,195 innings.

This is not the first time Cole has been connected to the Dodgers. Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the Dodgers love both Cole and Anthony Rendon.

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Just a note about how to interpret what you read. This article refers to someone from mlb.com who says “the industry” believes Dodgers will pursue Cole. Pretty vague right? It doesn’t say “sources close to the team” or “Friedman said” etc.
    Always check the source. When you see “unnamed sources” or “rumors” or “experts agree” it’s usually speculation and hope.
    Not trying to throw shade on this article, just in general we get a lot of hype, a lot!

  2. IF the Dodgers are truly interested in Cole then they should remember this age old axiom: “ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS…”

      • I definitely agree with you, Rich and Paul.
        These writers get paid to write what we the fans want to read but we’re not fools. None of these free agents will be even called by Friedman and company and most likely will get low cost veterans that are nothing but reclamation projects. Just promises and no more.

  3. I wouldn’t sign Cole as he has a bad attitude as displayed after the WS. I think he is like Bryce Harper a poison in the room. However the Dodgers need pitching very badly.

  4. I also have a gut feeling as LEIGH said , feeling that Cole is a poison in which the Dodgers had in the past and got rid of. One bad apple is all it takes to make a team dislike a certain person and set team chemistry array, sometimes jealousy,
    Conceit in a person like nobody is better, many other reasons,I hope if this happens ,the Dodgers purchase Cole , that I am wrong. I am just giving my opinion not to be reflected as anti Dodger fan, Dodgers are the best

  5. PLEASE STOP! Most here know this will not take place:
    “According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the industry belief is that the Dodgers are expected to make a strong push for free-agent starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.”
    Honestly is there anyone who believes Dodgers would even come close to signing Cole? For 1 thing he may not consider the Dodgers as a viable team for his services based upon reasons many have talked about before. and that starts with the ‘manager’ who is returning for 2020.

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