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Dodgers: Jon Heyman Says Yankees and Gerrit Cole Discussed His West Coast Bias

Would Cole give up sunshine for the Bronx?

Lately, free agent starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has been meeting with the biggest players in the industry. First he met with the Los Angeles Dodgers. While not much made it to the public of what was discussed in that meeting, there was a different circumstance in another meeting with a rival team and Cole.

Now – Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees not only met with Gerrit Cole – but also discussed his alleged preference to play for a West Coast team. This was reported on Heyman’s twitter account on Wednesday evening.

Furthermore, Cole assured the Yankees that his ‘West Coast bias’ to play for a team like the Dodgers or Los Angeles Angels does not exist. Equally important, Heyman says the meeting between Cole and the Yankees lasted around 4 hours.

Finally, the shakeout of the meeting is that the Yankees believe he’s built for New York City; but were previously worried that he wanted to play for a West Coast team. Now, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

If what Heyman reports is true, have the Dodgers and Angels lost ground on Gerrit Cole?

Earlier in the day, Jeff Passan pointed towards the Yankees when he said this quote:

“Gerrit Cole is the best combination of present stuff, of command and control, of intellect, of competitiveness, of age of anybody who has been out there. That is why I think he is going to get the money that he is going to get. He is the total package. If you’re the New York Yankees, it is knowing that he is going to be out there on Opening Day and Game 1 of the NLDS, NLCS, and World Series.”

Obviously, the same could be said about the Dodgers or Angels for that matter. Still, if you were a fan that was banking on the fact that Cole wants to play in the California sun, that may no longer be the biggest component in these negotiations.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Uh clint surely you know that heyman is the mouthpiece for Boras and they are just trying to drive up the price, knowing full well that the Dodgers have no real interest. By repeating this you just become part of the Heyman/Boras propaganda machine. Find your own stories.

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