Yan­kees meet­ing with pair of free-agent aces

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Ger­rit Cole, the top pitcher on the free-agent mar­ket, was set to meet with Yan­kees of­fi­cials in Cal­i­for­nia on Tues­day.

Gen­eral man­ager Brian Cash­man, man­ager Aaron Boone and new Yan­kees pitch­ing coach Matt Blake made the trip to speak with the 29-year-old right-han­der, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the plan­ning said. The per­son spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the meet­ing was not an­nounced.

The Yan­kees are ex­pected to meet Wed­nes­day with free-agent right-han­der Stephen Stras­burg, the per­son said. Stras­burg and Cole both are rep­re­sented by Scott Bo­ras.

The Yan­kees se­lected Cole with the 28th over­all pick of the 2008 am­a­teur draft, but he de­cided not to sign and at­tended UCLA in­stead. The Pi­rates took him with the first over­all pick in 2011 and agreed to an $8 mil­lion sign­ing bonus.

Cole was 20-5 with an AL-best 2.50 ERA and a big league-high 326 strike­outs this year for the AL cham­pion Astros, who ac­quired him from the Pi­rates be­fore the 2018 sea­son. He is 94-52 with a 3.22 ERA in seven big league sea­sons. He lives in Santa Ana.

The Yan­kees are seek­ing to boost a ro­ta­tion that in­cludes Luis Sev­erino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Pax­ton and J.A. Happ.

Domingo Ger­man, who went 18-4 this year, ended the sea­son on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave un­der Ma­jor League Baseball’s do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pol­icy and could be sus­pended for the start of next sea­son.

■ LHP Jake Diek­man reached agree­ment on a two-year, $7.5 mil­lion with the Ath­let­ics af­ter join­ing the club in a trade from the Roy­als be­fore last July’s dead­line. Diek­man’s deal in­cludes a team op­tion for the 2022 sea­son.

Soc­cer: Toronto for­ward Jozy Alti­dore was fined by MLS for crit­i­ciz­ing match of­fi­cials fol­low­ing his team’s loss to Seat­tle in the MLS fi­nal on Nov. 10. Alti­dore was quoted as say­ing: “We know the stan­dard of MLS ref­er­ee­ing is next to hor­ri­ble. So you can’t count on them bail­ing you out on any­thing.” ... Nige­rian F Josh Maja scored a hat trick as Bordeaux routed Nimes 6-0 in a French league game that was tem­po­rar­ily halted in the first half af­ter dozens of home fans stormed onto the field to protest against the club’s board. Bordeaux’s group of hard­core fans Ul­tra­marines came down from the stands 11 min­utes into the game and staged a protest on the side­line, caus­ing ref­eree Cle­ment Turpin to stop the game and send both teams back into the dress­ing room. The game re­sumed af­ter about 25 min­utes and the 20-year-old Maja put the hosts 2-0 up by half­time and com­pleted his hat trick in the 53rd minute . ... The Ital­ian league has vowed to go “sta­dium by sta­dium” in its bid to erad­i­cate racism from soc­cer in the coun­try. The sea­son has been marred by con­stant episodes of racist chants and dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­ior but Serie A CEO Luigi De Siervo promised that the gov­ern­ing body is work­ing on “dozens of ini­tia­tives.”

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