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Gerrit Cole Seeing the Downside of the Late Signing Deadline

Gerrit Cole Seeing the Downside of the Late Signing Deadline

The debate between Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer is probably going to be a debate that will exist for most of their careers. Both pitchers were drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft out of UCLA. Cole was rated as the better prospect on the draft boards heading in to the year. Bauer gained recognition by the end of the year, and even passed Cole in some rankings. Bauer had better numbers than Cole in their junior year at UCLA, while Cole arguably has more upside and better tools.

Bauer got a head start last year after signing on July 25th with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right hander signed a major league deal for four years and $4.45 M, which could pay up to $6.95 M, depending on when he reaches the majors. He was able to pitch 25.2 innings between high-A and AA, and because of ...

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