Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call: Houston in on Gerrit Cole

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For anyone that covers the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole has saved the offseason. With as quiet as the Bucs offseason has been, without the weekly Cole trade rumors, we would have nothing to talk about.

Right on cue, Cole was linked to another club on Monday, this time the defending World Series champions as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the Pirates and Houston Astros have had discussions regarding Cole.

He noted that young outfielder Derek Fisher’s name has come up in negotiations, though Passan notes that the Pirates “almost certainly would need Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley” to headline the deal.

We broke down what a potential return from the Astros could look like.

This makes sense for both teams as other than the New York Yankees, the Astros were the other destination I would have liked to seen Cole shopped to, based on the high-end young talent that could be involved in the return.

If anything, getting Houston involved in the talks could get Yankees GM Brian Cashman to up his ante for Cole. Houston is one of the few organizations in baseball that can match thhe Yanks in terms of quality young talent. If Neal Huntington creates a bidding war for the 27-year old right hander, the Pirates cold come away with a nice haul.

Ultimately, I believe Cole ends up in New York in a deal centered around some combination of Clint Frazier, Chance Adams, and Miguel Andujar, but I would certainly be happy with a deal centering around Fisher and Tucker or Whitely.

Keep checking back as we will have the entire offseason covered, especially once it officially starts going for the Pirates.

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Matt Shetler

Matt is a life long Pirates fan with both a newspaper and radio background. Before coming to Pirates Breakdown he was most recently the co-owner and lead columnist for Pittsburgh Sporting News. He has been a credentialed writer for all four major sports and also has written for plenty of other sports and fantasy sports websites.