Pirates Unlikely to Trade Gerrit Cole?

By Jason Shetler

p/c: Jeff Haynes – AP

In a recent column from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Rosenthal thinks there’s a pretty good chance that Andrew McCutchen will be dealt this summer, but does not feel the same about Gerrit Cole, as he doesn’t expect the Pirates to do a full tear-down rebuild. Rosenthal also made mention of Cole having two more years of team control beyond this season. 

Cole got off to a good start this year, with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in April. However, May and June has been very rough for him, posting a combined 5.89 ERA, along with a WHIP of 1.46. 

Last month, the Houston Astros had expressed interest in the former #1 overall pick. While I’m not suggesting that trading Cole this summer should be mandatory, I think the Pirates have to at least entertain offers for him, especially if he performs well from now until the deadline.






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