Stephen Strasburg returned to the Washington Nationals agreeing to a 7-year $245 million dollar contract smashing David Price’s $217 million contract signed in 2016. Strasburg now has the largest contract ever signed by a pitcher.
Gerrit Cole…hold my beer.
Cole signing a 9-year $324 million contract to join the New York Yankees on Tuesday immediately surpassing Strasburg’s deal. The Yankees have planted their flag in the American League East for years to come. The Yanks will have a rotation that now includes James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, JA Happ along with the aforementioned Cole. The Yankees will have a rotation that will match their powerful lineup and lockdown bullpen.
Why does this help the St. Louis Cardinals?
The Boston Red Sox have openly stated that they are looking to cut down salary heading into the 2020 season. David Price, being the obvious salary to try and dump. Price has had a connection to the Redbirds since he signed his mega deal in 2016. St. Louis has a need for another impact starter to place behind Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson. Injuries to Alex Reyes and Carlos Martinez have changed the future of the rotation. Price, has had a few injury concerns throughout his career but his numbers when healthy have not tailed off to a point of major concern. David Price’s SIERRA if eligible last season would rank in the top 13 right behind Jack Flaherty. Price is owed $32 million each year for the next three. Pricey (ha pun intended), but acceptable if the Red Sox can throw in a kicker.
The signing of Gerrit Cole has put the Red Sox even further behind in the AL East. Boston has to make a decision on their future. By moving Mookie Betts or Andrew Benintendi along with Price would be enough for St. Louis to include one of their young rising outfielders, Tyler O’Neil, Randy Arozerena or Adolis Garcia.
The Cardinals have to go out and take advantage of a Red Sox right now, while the iron is hot. Boston sees the writing on the wall. They have to do some remodeling before they can make a run at the division title. They also see teams like Oakland and Tampa Bay continuing to emerge. They are desperate, throw them a name like Carlos Martinez and a prospect and you can not only get a solid piece to your rotation but a potential proven outfield commodity.