The Yankees’ pitching rotation is close to entering a Cole new world.
Gerrit Cole is likely to be on the Bombers come next season as the Yankees and Pirates are “working on a deal,” according to Yahoo Sports.
An agreement has not yet been reached but it’s “a matter of when rather than if,” according to the report.
It’s not clear who the Yankees would have to send Pittsburgh in return for Cole, but FanRag Sports reports that the Pirates want Gleyber Torres, the top prospect in baseball.
The Yankees, on the other hand, are trying to build a package for the Pirates centered around Clint Frazier, who, thanks to the Giancarlo Stanton acquisition, is now quite expendable for the Bombers.
Cole, 27, is under team control until 2020 and made $3.7 million this past season. He is going into his second year of arbitration.
Brian Cashman and the Bombers have a history of chasing after Cole.
They drafted him in the first round of the 2008 draft, but the righthander decided to attend UCLA instead.
Three years later, the Pirates selected him with the first overall pick.
In his 2015 All-Star season, Cole went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA and finished fourth in Cy Young voting.
A year later he was sidelined with elbow inflammation and in 2017 Cole put together his worst season in the bigs.
He went 12-12 in 33 starts and compiled a 4.26 ERA.
Cole would add serious depth to the Yankees’ staff.
He would join a staff that consists of Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery.
That would leave the Bombers with some options, assuming Montgomery isn’t part of the Cole trade. They could adopt a six-man rotation or send Montgomery back to Triple-A and have him be a spot starter.
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