September 22, 2021

Rosenthal: After another brilliant game, Gerrit Cole has made the case to be the highest-paid pitcher in history (The Athletic)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — I swear, I feel like I’m about to write this column on the official stationery of the Scott Boras Corporation.

Seriously, I’m not sure there has ever been a free-agent case for a starting pitcher quite like Gerrit Cole’s.

It’s hardly going out on a limb to predict that Cole will set the record for average annual value, surpassing Justin Verlander’s $33 million, and also for total value, beating David Price’s $217 million.

So, what are we talking about, eight years at $35 million per season? That’s $280 million. Nice round number, but knowing Boras, not round enough. I’m calling Dec. 7 as the over-under date for the first report saying Boras is seeking $300 million.

Sounds preposterous, just as these numbers always sound preposterous. But Cole, who will become a free agent at the appealing age of 29, is good enough to validate the conversation.

He showed it on Sunday night…

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