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The Cubs might be interested in trading for Gerrit Cole

Could the Pirates righthander be in the Cubs rotation in 2018?

If the Cubs don’t sign one of the still-free-agent trio of Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb or Yu Darvish, perhaps a trade for Pirates righthander Gerrit Cold could fill the spot in the rotation.

That’s the rumor from Bruce Levine, anyway:

The two starting pitchers getting the most attention on the trade market are Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole and Rays right-hander Chris Archer, and both are receiving attentions from top clubs like the Yankees and Cubs.

OK, so that’s a pretty vague rumor. Still, let’s have a look at Cole. I wrote about the Cubs’ interest in him last May and there were rumors around that the Cubs were interested in him at the trading deadline last summer.

Cole was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft and mad his MLB debut for the Pirates in 2013. He put together three very good years and then had some injury issues in 2016, including triceps tightness and some elbow problems. He had a bad second half in 2016 (5.48 ERA, 1.615 WHIP in nine starts) and his 2017 wasn’t all that …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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