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Yankees officially announce Gerrit Cole signing with press conference at Yankee Stadium

The Yankees officially signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year contract on Wednesday, introducing him in a news conference at Yankee Stadium. To create room on the 40-man roster, the team designated Chance Adams for assignment.

In introducing Cole, Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke not only of Cole’s talent, but his anticipated clubhouse presence as well.

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“We understand what a great talent that Gerrit Cole is,” Boone said. “We understand what a great pitcher he is, and clearly in the prime of his career. But I was blown away by the person … he is going to fit in and add to that [clubhouse], I have no doubts.”

Boone talked about the excitement for him as a manager when he heard the team was going to pursue Cole to the best of its ability.

“As the manager, when I hear when we’re going to be in play for arguably the game’s best pitcher, that’s exciting. Let’s be real about it,” Boone said. “That gets your juices flowing.”

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