If the Yankees actually need Gerrit Cole, it is probably not too late: The Astros GM mentioned deal for the Pirates righthander is not “imminent,” regardless of earlier studies saying one was almost completed.
Jeff Luhnow informed the Houston Chronicle Wednesday afternoon that he is “talked to a number of groups about doable trades” however mentioned “at this level, nothing is imminent.” A number of shops reported that the 2 groups had been very near reaching an settlement.
Houston’s curiosity in Cole was first reported by Yahoo! Sports activities on Monday, however a rival govt had informed the Each day Information on the time it nonetheless appeared “inevitable” that he’d change into a Yankee.
Nevertheless, an AL scout added: “[The Astros] are one of many few organizations which have the depth, on the big-league and minor-league degree, to match what the Yankees can provide.”
There was perception amongst baseball folks that GM Brian Cashman would solely make the commerce on his personal phrases, that means no Gleyber Torres and almost certainly together with Clint Frazier and one in all his pitching prospects, like Probability Adams.
Though Cole is coming off a mediocre season, the Yankees doubtless believed they may rework him into a powerful starter by having the 27-year-old rely much less on his fastball and extra on his off-speed pitches. Final yr, 18 of the career-high 31 house runs he gave up got here off of his heater.
Proper now the Yankees have Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Grey, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery of their rotation.