When you buy a lottery ticket, it’s best not to quit your job before the numbers are pulled.
That seems to be the Yankees approach as they court Gerrit Cole. After the signings of Wheeler and Strasburg over the last two weeks, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner may be the new back-up plan. Per Jon Heyman:
Braves still appear to be interested in Madison Bumgarner. They’ve been seen as a logical spot all along, tho some wondered if the Hamels deal might take them out. No sense it has. Also linked to MadBum: STLCards, Reds, Dbacks, Angels, Twins, Yankees (likely as fallback to Cole).