What the Gerrit Cole trade means for the Cubs

Are the Pirates heading for a full rebuild?

Gerrit Cole, a mainstay of the Pirates rotation for the last five seasons, is now officially heading to the Astros (after a reported deal last week turned out to be nothing):

Source: Outfielder Jason Martin is fourth player heading from #Astros to #Pirates for Gerrit Cole, along with Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 13, 2018

I want to look at what this deal means for Houston, for the Pirates, for the N.L. Central and for the Cubs.

For the Astros, it likely gives them the best rotation in the American League: Cole, Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton. The Astros allowed the fourth-fewest runs of any A.L. team in 2017, but that was still 700 runs, 136 more than the league-leading Indians. This deal puts Houston probably on close-to-equal footing with Cleveland — and that’s for a team that won 101 games anyway, mainly because they led the league with 896 runs.

There’s one other thing to consider with the Astros, and that’s this: With the acquisition of Cole, who is under team …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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