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The 27 year old Pittsburgh fireballer has been rumored on the move for weeks
There will be a more detailed story up to analyze the move, but at the moment, multiple sources (Jeff Passan, Bob Nightengale, Ken Rosenthal, Jesse Sanchez, and a Pittsburgh beat writer are a few of them) are claiming that a trade to bring Gerrit Cole, erstwhile of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to Houston is a “done deal”.
This story was prompted when an MLB writer, Jon Morosi tweeted that the trade was “imminent”:
No sooner had this piece been posted that Morosi was back with confirmation…he says the deal is done:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 10, 2018
It is imperative to point out that several others (Passan, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, and others) say that Cole has not yet been notified of a trade and that nothing is really “done” yet, but for all intents and purposes, it looks done.
There has, as yet, been no official word from either club and there is naught but speculation (in abundance) on the web about the return, but Forrest Whitley is widely believed to be off-limits, and Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart is skeptical about the likelihood of Kyle Tucker being involved as well:
I still would be surprised if the Astros trade Whitley or Tucker. Any deal for a starter would almost have to include Fisher and Martes, at least, I would think. Maybe Alvarez, too? https://t.co/wYjcdtUA1j
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) January 10, 2018
Yesterday, Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs had this to say about Cole’s potential for adaptation and course-correction. One can’t help but dream on the possibilities if Cole were to get to spend time working with Brent Strom and picking the brain of Justin Verlander.
For his career, Cole is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA. More interestingly, in this writer’s estimation, his career FIP and xFIP marks are 3.27 and 3.47, respectively, and he has logged an 8.44 K/9 career mark against a 2.34 career BB/9 mark.
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