While all of the recent trade rumors for Gerrit Cole have been about the New York Yankees, Jerry Crasnick reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have actually been in discussions with multiple teams since the winter meetings.
As recently as two days ago, the rumors said that a Yankees and Pirates trade would happen, with some saying that they were very close. If this tweet by Crasnick is correct, then we likely won't hear anything until after Christmas and it could go on longer if the Pirates get more teams seriously involved. We will have more thoughts on this shortly, along with adding any possible updates throughout the day.
UPDATE 1:35 PM: Analysis from Tim Williams...
You can take a guess where most rumors come from base...
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