Published On: Sun, Nov 10th, 2019

MLB Rumors: Phillies May Emerge As Gerrit Cole Suitors At General Managers Meetings This Week, MLB.com Reports

Gerrit Cole pitches.

The annual Major League Baseball General Managers meetings open on Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona, with top free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole expected to be the hottest topic of conversation among the baseball executives. But while experts believe that Cole will sign with one of two southern California clubs — either the Angels or Dodgers — at least three other teams could make serious runs at the former Houston Astros 20-game winner.

Cole is a native of Orange County, California.

One of those expected, new suitors could take Cole all the way to the other side of the country from his home state, according to a report on Sunday by MLB.com. That would the Philadelphia Phillies, who despite opening their checkbook to hand outfielder Bryce Harper a record-setting contract prior to the 2019 season, finished at a disappointing 81-81, well out of playoff contention in the National League East.

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MLB Rumors: Phillies May Emerge As Gerrit Cole Suitors At General Managers Meetings This Week, MLB.com Reports