By Jason Shetler
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Houston Astros are said to be “very interested” in Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.
The Astros currently hold the best record in all of baseball. Their GM Jeff Luhnow has done a terrific job of turning Houston into a perennial contender in the American League. Coming into this year, Baseball America had the Astros as having the third best farm system. Houston would like to add a stellar arm to their rotation to pitch alongside former AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, and Cole would certainly be an option.
In the early part of 2017, Cole has been excellent, despite having the worst run support among National League starters. His ERA currently stands at 2.84, with a 152 ERA+ and a 1.02 WHIP in nine starts. The Pirates could find themselves in a real interesting situation, should they become sellers at the trade deadline. They could receive a big overhaul for Cole, with the combination of the Astros deep farm system, as well as Cole being under control for two more years after this season.