The Pittsburgh Pirates cutting Gerrit Cole today wasn't unexpected. The timing of the move, with Cole being the first cut from camp, also wasn't a surprise. There was simply no way Cole was making the Major League team out of camp this year.
After the move was announced, I received several questions about the move. Most of those questions were about concerns over Cole getting cut so soon. People wanted to know if it was normal. One person pointed out that Trevor Bauer is still in camp with Arizona.
There's a reason Cole was invited to Major League camp in the first place. He signed so late that he didn't get any playing time during the 2011 season. The Pirates sent him to the Fall Instructional Leagues, then to the Arizona Fall Leagues to get some experience. But they still needed to make up for lost time. So they invited him to Major League camp. It was a small difference, but there's still a difference.
Cole reported in the middle of February with the other pitchers and catchers. ...
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