Tonight is game seven of the 2019 World Series. While the curtain will definitely fall on the season we all love so much, it’ll also the last time Gerrit Cole will be in an Houston Astros uniform. Indeed, win or lose; after tonight the Cole free agency sweepstakes begin.
Now, oddsmakers are forecasting the most likely destinations for Cole to sign as a free agent. Equally important, your Los Angeles Dodgers have a seat at the table. While they aren’t the odds-on favorite to get it done, it beats being unlisted at this stage. On a side note, the San Francisco Giants are not on the list for some reason. Therefore, one may deduct that we can cross one California team from our list. It’s been heavily reported that Cole prefers to sign with a California team.
Which team will free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole sign with this offseason?
White Sox: +1500
— SportsLine (@SportsLine) October 30, 2019
With that being said, let’s examine the top five.
Top Five Gerrit Cole Free Agency Teams (By Oddsmakers)
- Angels: +300
- Phillies: +400
- Yankees: +450
- Rangers: +600
- Dodgers: +800
First, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim should probably be taken as a serious threat. At this stage they are the leader in the clubhouse at +300, or about three times as likely (by the odds) as the Dodgers to get a deal done with Cole. Rather surprisingly, the Philadelphia Phillies are second at +400 just behind the Angels. Without question, I am surprised to see them that high.
Then in the fifth spot, you have the Los Angeles Dodgers at +800. What this means is if you believe Cole will sign with the Dodgers and you bet $100 on it, it would pay $800. Moreover, odds are just a tool used to forecast the likelihood of an event; if this is all new to you.
By comparison, the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres (California team), St. Louis Cardinals, and Houston Astros are listed; but as long shots. Still – any team listed at this stage has a hypothetical shot – and these odds can change as quickly as gas prices when it’s dealing with human decision and emotion.
Remember, the Dodgers were the odds on favorite to sign Bryce Harper just a day before he decided to sign with the Phillies on a longer deal.
A Possible ‘In’ For Los Angeles
Finally, it’s a good thing that the Dodgers are listed. With Cole wanting to play in California, what if he decides he wants to go back and pitch in the NL? To quote Dumb and Dumber, ‘so you’re telling me there’s a chance’.