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Williams: What Prospects Do the Pirates Have For Starting Roles in a Rebuild?

Mitch Keller will eventually replace Gerrit Cole at the top of the rotation. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Williams: What Prospects Do the Pirates Have For Starting Roles in a Rebuild?

At this point it looks like the Pirates will definitely be trading Gerrit Cole this offseason. That would most likely happen with a trade to the Yankees, although the Pirates are talking to other teams.

If/when Cole gets traded, I think the Pirates should follow that up with trades of a few other players who are under control through the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Guys like Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, and Francisco Cervelli should follow Cole, as the Pirates won't be competing without Cole on the roster, and have no use in keeping those players around. We've already heard trade rumors that the Pirates would deal any of those three players.

There have been questions about who would play for the Pirates after a Cole trade, or after any other trades. I really don't think that question ...

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