Transmogrified Tiger wrote:I could be wrong, but to me the idea of trading for Gerrit Cole is more exciting than the reality of what you get when you trade for Gerrit Cole.
I can get that sentiment for sure. But, I'd guess his next 2 years are in the same vicinity of production as Jake or Yu, at a fraction of the money and without the back end of those deals we're likely going to hate.
I too am leery of Cole's production over the next two seasons, but he definitely has upside. Honestly, he could be anywhere from a #1 to a #4. It's the second part of what you wrote that is most intriguing to me. Lower AAV and no backend to a deal that's likely to bite you. At the very least, Cole is an above average starter who can give you around 200 innings. At most, he's a 5 WAR top of the rotation guy. There's a lot of variance there, but if the price is close to what this website heard it is...
For what it is worth, an industry source told PBD that a potential Cubs-Pirates deal would see Pirates asking for two out of Cubs top five prospects. We’ve heard the Bucs would likely be looking at RHPs Jose Albertos (Cubs’ #2), Alex Lange (#4) and C/1B Prospect Victor Caratini (#6).
I'd jump on that in a second. With the Cubs history of drafting and developing pitchers being what it has been, the wisdom of the general philosophy of waiting to acquire pitching and the current championship window of the Cubs, how could you not make that deal?
I have no idea if this website (Pirates Breakdown) is anything other than just a fan site, but I'd suspect this deal would be done already if that rumor was close to true.
"But you're stuck in a horsefeathers' stigma of the horsefeathers' Dodgers and the Phillies and the Cardinals..." - Lee Elia on April 29, 1983