How genuine was the Blue Jays’ pursuit of Gerrit Cole?

The Blue Jays landed their monster free agent fish in the form of Hyun-Jin Ryu, but Gerrit Cole may have been “the one that got away.”
The Yankees signed the 29-year-old to a staggering nine-year, $324 million contract, and it’s hard to imagine any other team coming close to what the Bronx Bombers offered Cole. What about a franchise like the Toronto Blue Jays, flush with cash and with one of the lowest active payrolls in baseball next season?
This report hasn’t been corroborated anywhere else, but Joey Vendetta mentioned this interesting tidbit a few days ago on Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
Mike, if you’re a Toronto Blue Jays fan and you heard what I heard, and I heard it from a reliable source — a very reliable source — someone that knows the front office that’s involved with the running of the team – I don’t know if you heard this, they offered $300 million to Gerrit Cole to become a Toronto Blue Jay.
$300 million for Cole? That would’ve been a competitive offer for his services, but any rumour about the Blue Jays putting in a bid like …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation