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Cole to the Cubs?

According to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, the Chicago Cubs are interested in Pittsburgh Pirates RHP, Gerrit Cole. Inter-divisional trades are always risky. I don’t expect the Pirates would make this deal unless the Cubs blew them away with an offer. The Cubs certainly have a strong farm system so they likely would have the pieces for a deal. However, trading Cole to the Cubs means you’d have to consistently play against him and I don’t think that’s a deal worth making.

This offseason’s snail-like pace has been incredibly frustrating. Obviously, the Pirates shouldn’t make a trade just for the sake of it but it would be nice to get a sense of direction from the club. I am afraid the team will end up in Bradenton still in-limbo. I do not think a small rebuild will actually anger that many fans because at least it will show the team is out of baseball purgatory.

If you aren’t winning 85 or more games and competing, you may as well start over and build towards the future. I would wager most fans would prefer rebuilding compared to this current holding pattern the team is in. Either go all-in for one last run or start planning for 2019 and beyond. But do not continue down the path of mediocrity. That ends with fan apathy and that takes a long time to recover from. Ask Dave Littlefield and Kevin McClatchy what fan apathy does to a ballclub’s culture.

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Steve Kubitz

Steve Kubitz was born and raised in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. He is a long time and annoyingly positive baseball fan. He bought into the Pirates' 5-year-plan before it was cool. He is best known for staying calm about losing streaks on twitter and trying his best to make sure other fans don’t overreact to when the Pirates lose a tough ballgame to a division rival. The only thing he isn’t positive about is the wave during close ballgames.