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Gerrit Cole Free Agency Destinations

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros walks off the field during Game Five of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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The Houston Astros were defeated by the Washington Nationals in Game 7 of the World Series Wednesday night, but they will likely be losing something else as well in the very near future. Gerrit Cole is now a free agent, and if his postgame interview is any indication, he won't be suiting up for the Astros next season. Here are four teams who have a shot at landing the three-time MLB All-Star this offseason.

5. New York Yankees

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 19:  A New York Yankees hat and glove are seen in the dugout during Game Six of the League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - New York Yankees v Houston Astros - Game Six | Tim Warner/Getty Images

Everybody knows that the Yankees aren't afraid to spend big money, even though they haven't spent it on pitching in quite some time. Cole could be the guy that takes them to the next level, and perhaps the ace they were waiting for. Never forget New York drafted the fireballer back in 2008 before Cole ultimately decided to play college ball instead.

4. Texas Rangers

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 06: A detailed view of Texas Rangers baseball hats during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 6, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles | Will Newton/Getty Images

The Rangers will have some spending money to play with this offseason. Cole has already thrown some shade at the Astros following their World Series loss, so why not double down and sign with their in-state rival? Signing Cole would not only improve their chances next season, but it would also hurt Houston's chances in the AL West. Texas has to pounce, at some point. And doesn't he just feel like Nolan Ryan?

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Washington Nationals in game three of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals - Game Three | Will Newton/Getty Images

LA was the preeminent favorite in the National League (and has been for several seasons now) until the postseason hit. Walker Buehler is a certified young ace with nerves of steel, but Clayton Kershaw is aging, and Hyun-Jin Ryu is likely to depart in free agency. We've heard plenty of rumors about Cole leaving for LA. Why wouldn't he consider the LA team that's actually good?

2. Philadelphia Phillies

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 23:  A Philadelphia Phillies hat in the dugout during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 23, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals | G Fiume/Getty Images

After inking Bryce Harper to a huge deal last offseason, the Phillies need to begin filling out the rest of their roster. Philadelphia's pitching was a glaring weakness in 2019. Adding Cole to their rotation wouldn't solve all of their problems, but it would be a dramatic improvement for them on the mound, especially when paired with Aaron Nola. Is it time to dish out stupid money?

1. Los Angeles Angels

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  A detailed view of an Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hat and a catching glove is seen during the sixth inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Angels 5-3.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Los Angeles Dodgers | Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

The Angels are another team that doesn't shy away from handing out big money contracts, and Cole's teammates seem to think he's heading west. They need to get superstar center fielder Mike Trout some help if they want to be competitive next season. Although there are other areas of their roster that need to be addressed, adding Cole would certainly be a step in the right direction.