The Bombers will be meeting with coveted free agent pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole this week while in California for the Winter Meetings.
Cashman, manager Aaron Boone, and newly-hired pitching coach Matt Blake will meet with Cole on Tuesday and Strasburg on Wednesday. Both hurlers are represented by Scott Boras, who will certainly be looking for a huge deal for his clients.
The fact the Yankees are meeting with the players in California shows they're approach has changed after missing out on Patrick Corbin last season. Corbin was brought to the Bronx for a meeting, but ultimately signed with the Nationals after they offered him a six-year deal, which the Yanks were unwilling to match.
The Yankees have had their eyes on Cole since before his days at UCLA, and even drafted him out of high school in 2008, though he opted instead to go to college. Cole grew up a Yankees fan, and while he's been heavily linked with a move to the Angels, the Bombers remain very much in play for his services.
Strasburg spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Washington Nationals, but opted out of his deal this offseason. He has reportedly not met with the Nats during the offseason, so Cashman is hoping he can swoop in and land the righty.
This will be a big week for the Yankees as the team looks to land its coveted ace and get back to the World Series in 2020. Let's see if these face-to-face meetings lead to better results this offseason.