The Angels have just renewed their relationship with the city of Anaheim and owner Arte Moreno wants to make sure it starts off with a bang. The franchise with the best player of at least this generation in Mike Trout, has to decide if they are going to step it up to build a contender around him.
I don’t typically send stuff like this out there, but got the nod to do so with this one — got a text from reliable person saying that Cole will sign with the #Angels. “Moreno will do whatever it takes.”
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) December 4, 2019
Take this for what it’s worth. Ryan isn’t really prone to dropping “sources say” type news on his twitter, but there’s no reason to think that he doesn’t have a few contacts in the front office who have amazing hearing abilities while working on their admin duties. We all know Gerrit Cole is the top prize, but hopefully, this helps measure the level of desperation the Angels have to start competing.
Despite their pickup of long-time Oriole Dylan Bundy on Wednesday, the Angels need an ace to help them compete for at least a playoff spot next year… and Cole is as good as they come. Mike Trout is wasting away as the lone star Angel in their outfield. Shohei Ohtani is coming back stronger, having recovered from all his injuries and from a business perspective, they need to do something to compete with all the other sports teams in Southern California.
Cole has met with the Yankees, Dodgers and Angels these past few days, but with agent Scott Boras, this is most likely the first of many more meetings Cole has with these teams.
The Yankees have the prestige and championship potential.
The Angels have the hometown leverage and Mike Trout.
The Dodgers have the prestige, a bit of the hometown leverage and are on the cusp of winning a World Series.
It’s up to Cole to see if which situation he wants to fall into. The pressure of New York versus the comforts of home vs. helping to bring a World Series to the real city of Los Angeles.
When trying to court a free agent, it’s great to see a bit of the competitors hands and the Dodgers Front Office is going to have to take advantage of this sneak peek how much the Angels want the number one ace in Free Agency.