July 30, 2021

Andy Pettitte was part of Yankees group recruiting Gerrit Cole (New York Post)

The Yankees turned to a veteran starter to help them close Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

Andy Pettitte was part of the Yankees contingent in California that met with the two free-agent aces on Tuesday and Wednesday, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed. That group also included Yankees GM Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and new pitching coach Matt Blake.

The Yankees have momentum with the 29-year-old Cole, who is the jewel of the this free-agency class. The Post’s George A. King III reported on Wednesday that Cole’s priority is winning, and not playing on the West Coast as initially believed. It is believed that Strasburg, 31, will ultimately re-sign with the Nationals.

Pettitte last pitched in 2013 and, like Cole, spent a brief stint of his career with the Astros. Pettitte was named a special advisor to Cashman in February.

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