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The Gerrit Cole to the Astros Rumor Has Been Refuted

Gerrit Cole could be heading to the Astros. Photo Credit: David Hague
The Gerrit Cole to the Astros Rumor Has Been Refuted

The Pittsburgh Pirates may finally have a trade destination for Gerrit Cole. Jon Morosi reports that a Cole trade to the Houston Astros is imminent, and Ken Rosenthal confirmed by saying a deal is close.

https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/951133702645583872

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/951134742291931136

Obviously any analysis would have to wait until there's an actual deal. I'll keep this updated with further rumors, and will have thoughts in a bit.

UPDATE 12:09 PM: I think the interesting thing about the Astros is that they don't have a lot of depth in the areas where the Pirates need depth. Their best prospects are outfielders, which means anyone coming in would be competing with Austin Meadows for a future starting role.

That's not a bad thing, and not just...

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