New York’s two baseball teams are paying more than $110 million this year to Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, three elite aces with five Cy Young awards and 16 All-Star appearances among them. Nestor Cortes is making $727,500. He’s also been the best pitcher in the city—and maybe the entire American League.
Cortes, the Yankees’ journeyman left-hander, has emerged as one of most unlikely stars of the young season. Known as “Nasty Nestor,” he has a 1.80 ERA through his first eight outings. He’s striking out 11 batters per nine innings, third best in the league. He has allowed just 29 hits over 45 innings.