And, so it is to be. Gerrit Cole to the Astros is a reality after all. But the deal is lop-sided, with Houston giving up four players for the right hander.
Was Jeff Luhnow just playing the game by saying nothing is imminent earlier in the week, or did things fall apart and come back together suddenly? This is one of those deals we hope to have a behind-the-scenes back story leak out.
With the acquisition of another frontline starter, you should assume that other moves are coming as the depth chart gets deeper and deeper. For now, you have seven starters and 10 relievers on the Astros’ depth chart.
Cole agreed to a contract with the Pirates ($6.75 million) on Friday rather than go to arbitration.
- You may argue against a Keuchel trade (either now or later), but if Cole can bring this type of return, what would Keuchel bring back?
- Which of the four players traded away will Houston miss in 2018?
- Which of the four hurts the most in the long run?
- If more trades are coming, which players are most likely to go?