Top free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole was set to meet with New York Yankees officials in California. General manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and new Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake made the trip to speak with the 29-year-old right-hander, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press. New York selected Cole with the 28th overall pick of the 2008 amateur draft, but he decided not to sign and attended UCLA. Pittsburgh took him with the first overall pick in 2011.

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