Scott Boras was in an unprecedented position this winter.
Not only was he representing three World Series superstars (Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon), but he had the top two pitchers on the market.
It resulted in Strasburg getting a record-setting seven-year, $245 million deal to return to DC, and then Gerrit Cole agreeing to a new record nine-year, $324 contract with the Yankees just 33 hours later.
On Wednesday, we got a glimpse into how he navigated those contract negotiations with the Nationals and Yankees.
According to a story by Brian Fonseca of NJ.com, Boras had the Yankees hold their final offer to Cole for an extra day because of some new information that would factor into New York's decision making.
“Why don’t you wait in terms of engaging me until tomorrow',” Boras told the Yankees. “There’ll be some new information that they would be very important for you and (Yankees owner) Hal Steinbrenner to factor into whatever you’re going to decide moving forward.’”
The new information was Strasburg's record deal with Washington. It set the market price for pitchers, and given Cole was widely considered the best one available, this was an important step for him to get the most money he could.
“I remember getting a text from Hal [Steinbrenner], 'Well, now we know the new information that he’s referring to,’” Cashman said. “Of course, that signing affected the market, and drove it even further than what at least some would have been anticipated.”
The Yankees then topped Strasburg's deal with a $36-million AAV offer. Cole accepted and the rest is history.
So while Strasburg tortured Cole's Astros throughout the World Series, he helped the newest Yankee become the first pitcher to sign a contract worth over $300 million.
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