Astros extend Gerrit Cole 'qualifying offer' in effort to keep him
HOUSTON – The Houston Astros extended a "qualifying offer" Monday to star right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole.
At an event at Memorial Park Golf Club on Monday, Astros owner Jim Crane told a small group of the media that losing Cole is not a done deal yet.
Crane said that he, general manager Jeff Luhnow and the team will "make a run at it," when referencing attempting to re-sign Cole
Here is what Crane said:
By Monday afternoon, the team confirmed an offer had been extended to Cole. Multiple reports said the offer was for $17.8 million.
Cole will be the most sought after free agent pitcher this offseason and is in line to command a new deal that will surpass $250 million.
He was 20-5 during the regular season.
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