With the way the offseason is going, it's almost inevitable that the Pirates will trade Gerrit Cole. The rumors have said they're motivated sellers who are discussing him with multiple teams. If he is traded, I wouldn't be surprised to see them follow that move up by trading guys like Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, and maybe even others like Francisco Cervelli.

I wrote the other day about prospects who the Pirates have in the system who can take over eventually for the traded players. The Pirates have options to eventually replace Cole, McCutchen, and Harrison. That doesn't include players that could come back in a trade.

But how soon could the Pirates be competitive again? How long would a rebuild take? My feeling is that a Pirates rebuild won't take long, considering what they ha...

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