Williams: If the Pirates Wish to Contend, Gerrit Cole Would Be Their Most Important Player

Gerrit Cole has two years of control remaining with the Pirates. Photo Credit: David Hague
Williams: If the Pirates Wish to Contend, Gerrit Cole Would Be Their Most Important Player

At the start of every offseason, I like to write a small reminder/disclaimer about rumors. Most rumors, whether they are trade rumors or free agent rumors, follow the basic principle of a team or two teams expressing interest in a player or a trade. Those simple rumors, which are just reporting on the standard initial contact from teams, get taken to the extremes.

As far as the Pirates go, we got our first trade rumor yesterday, with the Twins talking to the Pirates about Gerrit Cole. The rumor is below, and provides a great example of why the disclaimer is needed.

That rumor says that the Twins have talked with the Pirates about Cole. It doesn't say that the Pirates are trading Cole. It doesn't say that the Twins made an...

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