Ominous Development For Yankees as Gerrit Cole to have MRI

In what could be a devastating sign for the New York Yankees this season, Cy Young winner and ace Gerrit Cole is headed for the MRI machine for his elbow — never a good thing to hear about the most important pitcher on your team, and likely the key to your season. 

Manager Aaron Boone added that the Yankees do not expect to have a prognosis for Cole today, and possibly not tomorrow either, as there will be multiple opinions given regarding his course of treatment.

According to Yankees beat writer Brendan Kuty, Cole's velocity was a bit down from his norm at 95.3 mph In his first spring start, which ordinarily at this time of year wouldn't raise any flags, but perhaps this could be a sign of things to come when the MRI results come in.

This news obviously isn't sitting well with Yankees fans.

Perhaps there are two people around baseball who could be quite happy about this development, however: unsigned NL Cy Young winner Blake Snell and his notorious agent, Scott Boras. The Yankees, depending on the outcome of Cole's MRI, could be desperate, and you can be guaranteed that Boras knows it. 

The club had made Snell an offer earlier in the offseason, but it was rejected by Boras. We'll keep an eye on this going forward.

Cole went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA last season to take home his first Cy Young, after five previous top-5 finishes