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MLB rumors: Yankees land Gerrit Cole with 9-year, $324 miillon deal

MLB rumors: Yankees land Gerrit Cole with 9-year, $324 miillon deal

The Boston Red Sox will get to see plenty of Gerrit Cole this season - in pinstripes.

The New York Yankees have landed the pitching prize of the offseason, agreeing to terms with the free-agent right-hander on a nine-year, $324 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network.

Cole, 29, went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA, 326 strikeouts and 0.86 WHIP in 2019 for the Houston Astros, who lost in Game 7 of the World Series to the Washington Nationals. 

It was thought that Cole, a Southern California native who pitched at UCLA was looking to go to the West Coast, but the Yankees offer was apparently enough to lure him to the Bronx.

The addition of Cole fortifies a Yankee rotation that includes Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and Luis Severino and likely makes New York, which won 103 games but lost to Cole and the Astros in the 2019 ALCS, the World Series favorite. 

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Who J.D. Martinez will celebrate home runs with now that Brock Holt is gone from the Red Sox

Who J.D. Martinez will celebrate home runs with now that Brock Holt is gone from the Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox suffered a big loss when it was announced that Brock Holt would be signing with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Holt was a great super-utility player who could play almost every position on the diamond in a pinch. In addition, he was a fantastic locker room presence and did a lot off the field to help organizations such as the Jimmy Fund.

There's no doubt that the Red Sox will miss Holt on and off the field. But J.D. Martinez may miss Holt most of all.

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Martinez had a post-homer celebration that he always did with Holt. Holt would swarm Martinez after every home run the slugger blasted, and Holt would wrap him up in a bear hug and jump around the dugout.

But with Holt now gone, who will Martinez celebrate with?

"That’s a good one," Martinez said when asked about the topic by MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo. "Whoever’s there. I don’t know."

It's certainly going to depress Red Sox fans not to see Martinez celebrate homers with Holt anymore. But as Martinez noted, that's just part of the business of baseball.

"You wish him the best," Martinez said of Holt to Cotillo. "He was a character in here. He was fun to be around. You wish him the best, but that’s the business side of it."

Holt posted a farewell to Red Sox fans on Wednesday that reflected on the relationships he built in seven years in Boston that went beyond baseball for the native Texan.

That business side of baseball is something that Red Sox fans are becoming increasingly frustrated with and Holt's departure and absence from Martinez's home run celebration will only add to their growing discontent.

Ron Roenicke lands endorsement from former Angels manager Mike Scioscia

Ron Roenicke lands endorsement from former Angels manager Mike Scioscia

The Boston Red Sox made an unexpected managerial switch this offseason in the wake of allegations of sign-stealing against Alex Cora during his time with Houston Astros and Red Sox.

While moving on from Cora, who helped the team win a World Series in his first year, 2018, wasn't ideal, the Red Sox had a viable, experienced managerial candidate available to take over for him. That would be Ron Roenicke.

Roenicke is a long-time MLB veteran who worked with Mike Scioscia as part of the Los Angeles Angels and later would go onto manage the Milwaukee Brewers. Roenicke was brought to Boston to serve as a veteran mentor for Cora, but now he'll have a shot to take over as the interim manager in the wake of controversy with the Sox.

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Though the Red Sox are in a bit of turmoil, Scioscia is excited for Roenicke to get a shot at managing again, and the long-time MLB skipper said that Roenicke would be a great hire.

“He’s going to do a great job for that team,” Scioscia said, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. “Ron is insightful and he has a great demeanor about him. A great baseball mind, too. I’m glad to see Ron back managing. They’re not ideal circumstances, but he’s the right person for that team.”

Getting an endorsement from Scioscia, who had a solid 19-year run as the manager of the Angels, is certainly ideal. After all, Scioscia led the Angels to six first-place finishes in the AL West, a World Series title in 2002, and posted a 1,650-1,428 record as the manager. He knows how to win and build a solid program.

So, if he believes in Roenicke, there's reason to believe in Roenicke.

“He’s as competitive as it gets,” Scioscia said of Roenicke. “He’s a winner. He’s very sincere, very honest. He’ll tell people what he thinks. But those are positives when you have that job.”

Beyond that, Roenicke has familiarity with the players he'll be coaching, so the clubhouse chemistry should continue to be solid, though the departures of Mookie Betts and Brock Holt will surely sting a bit. Still, the team has enough leaders to get by.

Overall, it seems that Roenicke was the best choice for the squad, especially amid reports that the Red Sox got the OK from the MLB to hire him despite the sign-stealing allegations. It's just a matter of whether or not he can get enough out of the pitching staff to get the Sox to reach their full potential.