Way back in 2008, the New York Yankees used the 28th pick in the MLB Draft on a 17-year-old right-hander. Standing 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, the kid from Southern California could already touch 98 mph on the gun. With a slider and a changeup also at his disposal, the hurler out of Orange Lutheran High School had become a local sensation, drawing hordes of scouts and fans to his games. Already represented by Scott Boras, it was clear the senior was ready for professional baseball. The Yankees certainly thought so. Except Gerrit Cole didn’t want to be a pro ballplayer just yet. He wanted to fulfill his commitment to UCLA, so he spurned New York’s selection in favor of a college scholarship. Nearly a decade later, the Yankees are after him once again. Now 27 and a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who drafted him No. 1 in 2011, Cole finds his name swirling among the never-ending trade rumor winds that accompany baseball this time of year.
Gerrit Cole would help Yankees — but they don’t need him
Fanrag Sports | Dec 18