Gerrit Cole is viewed as the top free agent pitcher on the market, and there have been rumors for a while suggesting that the Los Angeles Angels may be the favorites to sign him.

Teammates have already hinted and suggested that Cole, who grew up in Orange County, Calif. (where Angel Stadium is located), wants to play on the West Coast. SNY’s Andy Martino adds that there is a perception that the pitcher not only wants to play on the West Coast, but also that the Angels will “spend whatever it takes” to land the ace.