SAN DIEGO — With their top target landed, the onus falls on the Yankees to make the most of their record-setting expenditure.
For the last thing anyone in The Bronx wants is for Gerrit Cole to be too much, too late.
The Baby Bombers’ championship window opened unofficially in the fall of 2017, and their bona fide ace just got here, courtesy of a mammoth, nine-year, $324 million contract bestowed to Cole here at the winter meetings. We are talking about a 103-win club that just added, arguably, the game’s best pitcher, so no one would contend this to be anything besides a great baseball development in addition to a signal by Hal Steinbrenner that, when he wants to, he can emulate his old man.
Just to be safe, though? It would behoove everyone, most of all Cole, to get that championship out of the way sooner than later.
After all, when the Yankees committed $161 million over seven years to CC Sabathia during the 2008 winter meetings, the big lefty immediately teamed up with some big-name newcomers and holdovers to produce the club’s first World Series title since 2000. That 2009 crown serves as the franchise’s last visit to the Fall Classic, yet Sabathia spent…