Astros extend Gerrit Cole 'qualifying offer' in effort to keep him

Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole waves to the crowd as he leaves the mound after striking out Texas Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo for his 300th season strikeout during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Houston. (Associated Press)

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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