Alex Rodriguez on Yankees signing Gerrit Cole: ‘A move they had to make’
Alex Rodriguez was still playing in the Bronx when the New York Yankees were last envied — and feared — due to how the so-called “Evil Empire” utilized the organization’s vast wealth to dominate free agency. It should come as no surprise, then, that A-Rod fully endorses the Yankees’ bold move to sign Gerrit Cole to a record-setting contract.
The Yankees and Cole on Tuesday night agreed to a nine-year, $324 million deal, taking the most coveted starting pitcher off the market. Rodriguez took to social media Wednesday morning to herald the move, specifically singling out owner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman for making it happen.
A move they had to make. Great job by Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman getting it done. #Yanks https://t.co/mLxlLz1ElP— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) December 11, 2019
A-Rod obviously knows a thing or two about the Yankees going all out to sign a marquee player to a huge deal. After all, it was his 10-year, $275 million contract after the 2007 season that stunned the baseball world due to its staggering, benchmark-setting terms.
As the dust settles amid Cole’s record-breaking deal, a debate will likely ensue concerning whether or not the Yankees overspent. Whether true or not, Rodriguez is probably correct in stating the Yankees had no choice but to pull off such a franchise-altering move, especially given how the organization was said to be all-in on bringing in the former Astros ace.
It is expected that the Cole signing will restore the Yankees to their customary perch atop the MLB hierarchy. Whether or not that translates to Yankees starting to accumulate World Series titles again remains to be seen. One thing is certain, however, in the wake of the monster Cole mega-deal: The Death Star is again fully operational in the Bronx.