Jon Heyman from MLB Network is reporting that the New York Yankees are interested in acquiring right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Heyman notes that his feelings are that the Pirates aren't trading him. While I don't see the Pirates refusing to trade Cole, their asking price is likely high due to the fact that he still has two years remaining before free agency. As Heyman mentions, Cole was a first round draft pick of the Yankees out of high school, so he has been on their radar for quite a while.
Cole had a down year in 2017, posting a career-high 4.26 ERA. His 4.08 FIP was slightly better than the ERA and his 1.25 WHIP was better than his 2016 total. He pitched over 200 innings for the second time and...
To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.
If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.