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How Stephen Strasburg's contract affected the Yankees' negotiations with Gerrit Cole

How Stephen Strasburg's contract affected the Yankees' negotiations with Gerrit Cole

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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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have 'probably the deepest rotation in baseball'

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have 'probably the deepest rotation in baseball'

By signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha this week, the Mets have built out quite the collection of starting pitchers. 

Porcello and Wacha will join Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz in New York's starting rotation, a group general manager Brodie Van Wagenen thinks quite highly of. 

"There was a lot talked about our lack of starting pitching depth over the last couple of weeks," Van Wagenen said on SNYtv Thursday. "I think that story has changed, and I think that we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball."

Considering the Mets share a division with the Nationals, who still boast a starting rotation headlined by Max Scherzer, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, this is a pretty bold statement by Van Wagenen. 

Obviously he's the general manager and he has to say positive things about the club he's putting together. But to say those exact words on the heels of a rival winning a World Series because of their rotation? 

The Mets will host the Nationals in the first series of the season starting on March 26, so we may not have to wait long for these two rotations to face off. 

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In one week, Scott Boras negotiated contract worth almost double what the Nationals sold for

In one week, Scott Boras negotiated contract worth almost double what the Nationals sold for

If you're a team looking to save money signing free agents, you probably don't want to go after a Scott Boras client. 

This winter, he represents Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Mike Moustakas, Dallas Keuchel, Nick Castellanos and Hyun-jin Ryu. 

The first four players mentioned all agreed to contracts within eight days of each other.

Moustakas agreed to a four-year, $64 million with the Reds on Dec. 2. Strasburg returned to the Nationals on a record-breaking seven-year, $245 million contract on Monday, and then Cole broke that record 33 hours later with a nine-year, $324 million deal with the Yankees. 

Then Rendon agreed to a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels on Wednesday night, capping off a historic Winter Meetings for the league and Mr. Boras. 

As of Dec. 12 with Keuchel, Ryu and Castellanos still unsigned, Boras has negotiated $878 million worth of contracts this offseason. That's nearly double what the Lerner's paid for the Nationals in 2006 ($450 million). 

Boras will certainly pass the $1 billion mark by the offseason's end, and the Nationals' player development staff had quite a bit to do with it. Say $490 million worth?

The Nationals haven't been linked to any of the aforementioned Boras clients, so they're probably finished negotiating with him for now. Unless they want to trade for Kris Bryant.

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