Williams: Analyzing the Gerrit Cole Trade, and Wondering if the Pirates Are Still in No Man’s Land

Gerrit Cole was traded to the Astros tonight. Photo Credit: David Hague
Williams: Analyzing the Gerrit Cole Trade, and Wondering if the Pirates Are Still in No Man’s Land

I figured the Pirates would end up trading Gerrit Cole at the worst possible time for me. That ended up being with my best friends in town for the weekend, and right when the first of our all-you-can-eat sushi was delivered to the table. I got the alert, saw four names in return, including a few I was already familiar with, and in between bites I was studying up. Needless to say, there's a lot to digest here. And then there's the breakdown of the trade.

I had some instant thoughts on the trade, with the immediate reaction being that the Pirates didn't get enough. I also had the feeling that they might have some nice MLB pieces, and could be successful in a quantity approach. But that raises the question of whether they're trying to compete in the short-term, and in a sense, if they're t...

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