Gerrit Cole reportedly not traded to Astros: 'False rumor'

Astros pitcher tweets a boastful Vince Carter GIF with Gerrit Cole trade rumors heating

Earlier this offseason the Yankees were said to be pushing to acquire Gerrit Cole from the Pirates.

Well, this is certainly a shock: Jeff Passan hears from a source that there is no deal in place for Gerrit Cole and that all of this was a "false rumor". This trade increases Cole's upside in the wins department, but the move to the American League may offset those potential gains.

In 5 years with the Pirates, Cole has gone 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA and 3.27 FIP in 127 career starts. Cole completes a very strong rotation behind Justin Verlander and provides insurance should Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers struggle with injuries again next season.

The Pirates selected Cole with the first overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. His production slipped the next two seasons, as evidenced by his 1.44 WHIP in 2016 and 4.26 ERA in 2017, but he is still only 27 years old. He was an all-star in 2015.

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The Yankees now must look elsewhere to add another arm to their rotation.

In contrast, the Yankees could include outfielder Clint Frazier, who is now blocked by Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, or Chance Adams, who very well could have to wait to see time at the major league level with all of the talent NY has in their rotation.

The Yankees' rotation now includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and CC Sabathia.

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