Gerrit Cole is joining the Houston Astros. For real this time. No seriously, this time we mean it. Saturday afternoon, the Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates would strike a deal to send Cole to the defending champions. But it’s the return that seems light, despite Cole coming off of a down 2017.
“The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly agreed to a trade to send ace pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros in exchange for right-hander Joe Musgrove and infield prospect Colin Moran, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown.”
In total, the Pirates are getting four players back—including RP Michael Feliz and OF Jason Martin. But still, the return seems light—even with Musgrove and Moran. Musgrove would be a Top 100 prospect ahead of 2016, but his stint in the majors has been less than desirable. Moran would last be listed as a Top 100 prospect ahead of the 2014 season.
On his day, Cole could be a top 10 pitcher. That’s the type of potential he has. Plus, he is still just 27 years old. And he’s not eligible for free agency until 2020. If everything breaks right, the Astros are getting a gem here. Sure, they are our most recent World Series champions.
But if all goes accordingly, they aren’t stopping there.