SAN DIEGO — As the Manchester Grand Hyatt’s lobby started to fill with the baseball world on Sunday, a report surfaced the Yankees had made a contract offer to Gerrit Cole.
According to a person in the know, the report of a seven-year deal for $245 million by the Yankees to the most attractive free agent was not true.
The industry belief is the Yankees will make a very competitive offer to Cole, this after a contingent led by GM Brian Cashman flew last week from New York to Orange County, Calif. to meet with the ace.
Then it will be up to the 29-year-old right-hander from Newport Beach if he wants to pitch in The Bronx, or stay closer to home and work for the Dodgers or the Angels. The Angels play close to Newport Beach but aren’t thought to be as ready to win as the Dodgers and Yankees.
The Phillies and Rangers have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Cole, but they have to be viewed as long shots.
There has been speculation the process could move quickly, but Cole, and fellow free agent right-hander Stephen Strasberg, are represented by Scott Boras, who plays the long game often and well.
No matter if the deal gets done Monday or…