Cole heading to the Angels?

By: Dr. Spock

The Astros seem to think so. 

From CBS Sports:

"Right-hander Gerrit Cole put in a career year in 2019 and dominated throughout the Astros' postseason run. Now, Cole will be the most talked about pitcher on the market. He's expected to eventually sign one of the biggest contracts for a pitcher in MLB history.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Cole's Houston teammates believe the Orange County, Calif. native will head to a team out west. Left-hander Wade Miley even went so far to name the Los Angeles Angels as Cole's final landing spot. "I got the Angels, and paying him at least $250 million," Miley said.

On Monday, Astros owner Jim Crane told reporters that going over the luxury tax in order to sign Cole is a possibility. Cole, who did not appear in the Astros Game 7 World Series loss, sported a Scott Boras hat during postgame interviews while speaking to reporters in the clubhouse.

Boras, Cole's agent, also represents fellow top free agents, right-hander Stephen Strasburg and third baseman Anthony Rendon. Last offseason, Boras' top free agent was Bryce Harper, who he encouraged to wait out the market for the best deal. Harper eventually signed a megadeal with the Phillies after spring training had begun.

According to Skaikin, Boras may have some difficulty negotiating a deal with Angels owner Arte Moreno:

Boras and Angels owner Arte Moreno have not always had the best of communication, but both men play the long game. The relationship deteriorated over negotiations for the Angels to retain Mark Teixeira, but that was a decade ago, and Boras placed Matt Harvey in Anaheim last offseason.

...Boras and Moreno should at least be able to agree on whether Cole would sign relatively soon, and how many hundreds of millions that would take. When Moreno spoke with reporters at Joe Maddon's introductory news conference, the headlines focused on these seven words: "The payroll will go up next year."

Moreno did in fact say that the team will be raising their payroll for 2020, but it's still unknown how much. And, if it will be enough to outbid any big market teams also pursuing Cole. Under new manager Joe Maddon, the Angels' biggest concern for the 2020 season is pitching and Cole is clearly at the top of their list."

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