The Dodgers appeared to be ‘all in’ on prized free agent Gerrit Cole this winter and even went as far as offering him a record-breaking deal of eight years, $300 million. However, they were outbid by the New York Yankees with a lucrative nine-year, $324 million contract. There was not a ton of noise regarding the progress of the Dodgers’ efforts to land Cole, but today, Clayton Kershaw clarified some of the efforts the Dodgers made in the recruiting process.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the future Hall of Famer told the media that he was not part of any recruiting pitch to get Gerrit Cole to come to Los Angeles. While there was no real further clarification from Kershaw on who was there and who else was not, it is an interesting thing to note.
Clayton Kershaw, at the Dodgers Holiday party, said he didn’t recruit Gerrit Cole to sign with the team.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 13, 2019
Here’s more with the Dodgers long-time ace.
When asked if he was a part of the Dodgers’ recruitment of Cole, he was brief in his answer, but offered up praise for the Yankees new ace.