For quite some time now, a Gerrit Cole trade to the New York Yankees felt like more of a when than an if.
But it sounds like we can hold our horses on that, for now at least.
The Pittsburgh Pirates starter has been actively shopped around by his current squad, with all signs pointing toward the Yankees pushing the hardest and serving as the reported consistent frontrunner.
But now, it might not just be the Yankees who can make a run for the All-Star, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
While it certainly doesn’t negate the possibility that Cole could be in pinstripes next season, it should serve as some level of reassurance for other teams — particularly those in the American League East — that he won’t just be either traded to the Yankees or otherwise held onto.
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