New York Yankees Information: Gerrit Cole accused of treating baseball
LA Times | Mike DiGiovanna: As part of his defamation lawsuit against his old employer, former Angels visiting clubhouse manager Bubba Harkins named Gerrit Cole as one of many players who sought his help with the use of debris in baseball over the years. Harkins posted a text message exchange with Cole in 2019 when the then-Astros ace didn’t ask for anything of his invention as subtly. Obviously, Cole is far from being the only pitcher in the game who will handle the ball to get a better grip on it in cold weather, but for him it is … imprudent at best to put it down in writing.
CBS Sports: The Yankees took another big step yesterday when they reached a minor league deal with veteran swingman Jhoulys Chacín. The Righty had an ERA of 3.50 in 35 starts for Milwaukee in 2018 but was horrific in 2019, throwing only five innings for the Braves last year. He turned 33 yesterday.
New York Post | Justin Terranova: Now that Francisco Lindor is no longer on the board – more on that later – it is to be expected that teams that want to strengthen their infield will follow DJ LeMahieu even harder. The Dodgers, already allegedly interested in the MVP finalist, have reportedly increased their diligence. The Dodgers are perhaps the only team that can take on the Yankees on a spending-only basis. They have also become known for their positional creativity, which means they might be able to add another all-star bat to the best roster in baseball.
MLB.com | Mike Lupica: Speaking of the DJ and independent agency, the Yankees have been quiet all winter. There have been deep movements, but no real rumors of high ceilings have surfaced yet. Based on speculation, the team is trying to cut payroll and reset the CBT penalty. There are still real holes in the squad, and while winter isn’t over, as one great man once said, it gets late early.
NJ.com | Randy Miller: Big news on baseball day was Francisco Lindor’s deal with the Mets, a deal that many, including myself, see as a bargain for the other New York team. Some may view this trade as a shot over the Yankees arch and expect a response from Hal Steinbrenner, others believe the Yankees no longer work that way and are not deviating from their offseason strategy. Only time will tell who is right, but the Mets have certainly made the most of the off-season.