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.
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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