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First Pitch: The Reason Gerrit Cole Could Be Optioned When Starters Return

First Pitch: The Reason Gerrit Cole Could Be Optioned When Starters Return

Gerrit Cole could go down to Triple-A when everyone in the rotation is healthy. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Two weeks ago we started talking about the upcoming decision involving Gerrit Cole. Eventually the Pirates could be in a situation where they have A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, and Jeff Locke healthy. The key word there is "could", because Pirates starting pitchers have been getting injured every other week it seems.

If this happens, the Pirates will have a tough decision to make. The likely outcome won't be popular either. They will have to choose between Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton for the fifth rotation spot, and I'm guessing the choice will be Morton.

The reason for that decision would have nothing to do with Super Two status. If Gerrit Cole stays up in the majors the rest of the year, he will have 111 days of service time. If he stays up full time in 2014 and 2015, he will end the 2015 season with two years and 111 days (expressed as 2.111). T...

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