TAMPA – It took about a decade longer than they would like, but Gerrit Cole finally took his first place as Yankee on Wednesday when the team took a look at the $ 324 million jug when he came to spring training and his side threw the session in pinstripes.
And while the bullpen session was nothing out of the ordinary, Aaron Boone was still impressed with his new top pitcher.
"His attention to detail is special," said the manager. "It was a good first day for him."
Cole chatted with Boone and other staff for a long time after the meeting, which his new manager noticed most.
"To have a conversation with him and see how he confirms all the things we saw of him this winter when we were allowed to meet with him [was good]"Boone said." How accurate he is about everything he does and just understanding of every pitch he does, what he does, what it has to look like and his mechanics who have to do with it. "
It is this attitude that drew the Yankees to Cole both when they pulled him out of high school in 2008 and when they signed him on for the nine-year contract this off-season with the richest pitcher contract.
"He's arguably the best pitcher in the game, so let's add a real ace to what we think is a really good rotation," said Boone.
Cole will meet with the media on Thursday. He was the key out of season for a team that reached the ALCS a year ago and lost to a Houston team led by Cole.
"We feel that he is the anchor at the top," said Boone. "If you have an ace, it's not just about the size they offer that day, it's also about eating up a lot of innings. It has this effect and will make our great bullpen even better. I'm happy that he’s coming here. I know this is where he wants to be and feels that it’s a bit of fate that he’s finally here. "
Gary Sanchez caught Cole's bullpen, which contained only fastballs and bills, but the catcher is also looking forward to seeing what will come.
"We've just added one of the game's best pitchers to our team," Sanchez said through an interpreter. “We had a really good rotation. I believe that. And now we had the opportunity to add Gerrit Cole. It is great. If you look at what he's done in the past few years, he's been incredibly impressive. Now if we add someone like this to our team, it just gets better. "
Sanchez said he would enjoy catching him more than hitting the right-hander.
"Compared to a man like him who throws hard, you have to look for a place and not miss that place," said Sanchez. "You only get one chance. So it's difficult. You don't have much time to get the ball into play. All the pitches that he has and that he doesn't want to miss make him very difficult to hit. "