While Brian Cashman was descending the outside of a 22-story building Friday, the Yankees’ general manager came across a message taped to a 10th-floor window from a fan: Please sign Gerrit Cole.

Cashman, whose rappelling adventure has become a holiday tradition, confirmed he met with Cole in California on Tuesday and spoke with free-agent pitcher Stephen Strasburg the following day.

Every year, Cashman participates in the annual Rappelling Santa show in Stamford, and he was descending the 23-story Landmark Building on Friday for his practice run.

Even in that scenario, though, he can’t escape the Gerrit Cole speculation.

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Cole and Strasburg are the top pitchers on the free-agent market.

The Yankees would like to add an ace to a rotation that already includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A. Happ.

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