Minnesota Twins Free Agent Profile: Could the Twins actually land Gerrit Cole?

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros reacts against the Washington Nationals in Game Five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros reacts against the Washington Nationals in Game Five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 22: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros prepares for Game One of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 22: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros prepares for Game One of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Could the Twins actually land Gerrit Cole?

If we were playing MLB The Show, the obvious reaction would be to jack the price up until your Playstation tilts and hope for the best to try and lure Cole to Minnesota. In reality, Cole’s reluctance to sign with Minnesota might not just come down to dollars, but also geography.

In a tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, he revealed that Josh Redick believes that Cole would like to move back to the west coast. The thought process behind this would be validated considering that Cole is a native Californian and spent his collegiate days at UCLA.

Those factors would mean that a team such as the Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers or even the San Diego Padres are better suitors for Cole and with a team like the New York Yankees and possibly every other team in Major League Baseball falling over themselves to sign Cole, there’s a good chance that he’ll have much better situations than the one he would walk into in Minnesota.

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If the Twins land Cole, it would have to be considered the upset of the offseason. However, the Twins will likely go all-out to sign him, meaning there could be a Lloyd Christmas chance that Cole is in Minnesota next spring.

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