Sport MLB trade rumors: Cubs enter Gerrit Cole sweepstakes

00:45  13 january  2018
00:45  13 january  2018 Source:   Sporting News

MLB trade rumors: Astros now in on Gerrit Cole as Yankees still in pursuit

  MLB trade rumors: Astros now in on Gerrit Cole as Yankees still in pursuit Some scouts have said it's a matter of "when" not "if" the Yankees will acquire Gerrit Cole, but the Astros are not giving up.According to Yahoo Sports, the Astros have engaged in talks with the Pirates to acquire Cole, and while many scouts told the NY Daily News they believe the Yankees will be the team to get him, they openly admit the Astros have the assets to get a deal done too.

The first-place Houston Astros may be looking to strengthen their starting rotation this summer, and one of their potential targets is Pirates ’ starter Gerrit Cole . MLB trade rumors and news for January 3rd, 2018. MLB free agency: Cubs , Cardinals showing interest in Jake Arrieta.

Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on September 6, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As MLB trade rumors noted, this is the first time a Cole - Cubs connection has been made this winter.

It appears the Cubs are now in on the Gerrit Cole trade rumors, too.

a baseball player holding a bat: Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole © (Getty Images) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole

According to FanRag Sports, the Cubs have talked with the Pirates about acquiring the 27-year-old starting pitcher.

Earlier this week it looked like the Cole rumors would end as MLB.com reported the Pirates and Astros had agreed on the terms, which would have sent the former No. 1 overall pick to Houston.

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However, those rumors wound up false, and the Astros did not acquire the top-end starter owner Jim Crane seeks.

Now, the doors are open and other teams are getting involved like the Cubs. Chicago does not have the prospects of the Astros, or the Yankees who have also been highly active in talks for Cole, but what they do have is a lot of MLB-caliber players and not enough spots in their lineup.

With guys like Addison Russell, Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez all vying for positions, the Cubs don't have the room to play all of them every day. It's a tough thing to deal with as a team, but a valuable asset in trades.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has said the team would look into trading players from the MLB roster in October and this would be an instance where it could be the right move.

MLB trade rumors: Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates

  MLB trade rumors: Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates The Astros have been in on Gerrit Cole since last summer, and it looks like they finally got him.According to MLB.com, Houston has acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pirates. It has not been reported who the deal is for yet.

Rosenthal says the Astros do have the pieces to make a move for Cole , as they entered the year with the third-best farm system in the bigs. MLB trade rumors and news for January 3rd, 2018. MLB free agency: Cubs , Cardinals showing interest in Jake Arrieta.

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Whether one or two major leaguers is enough to get Cole remains to be seen, but the Cubs do have some good prospects even though they traded most of their top guys for Jose Quintana and Justin Wilson over the summer. Adding one or two of those guys to the discussion could get a trade done. The Pirates have reportedly asked for three top prospects in return for Cole.

Guys like Alex Lange and Brendon Little could tempt the Pirates as both are big-bodied guys with power arms.

Gerrit Cole gets in dig at Pirates ownership, management .
The former Pirates ace said, "it’s refreshing to come to an environment where the team is willing to … put resources into the club."“It’s really special,” Cole said at the media conference. “Obviously, the organization puts — values me very high, and that always feels good as a player. And it’s refreshing to come to an environment where the team is willing to continually put resources into the club and continue to move forward and try to provide the best possible product for its fans.

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