Well, this is awkward. Earlier today, we had all of this for you.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 10, 2018
The MLB offseason has been starving us of activity in recent weeks. But this could be the move that gets the wheels turning again. A while back, the New York Yankees were reportedly close to acquiring Cole. However, those reports turned out to be exaggerated at best. But this time, it’s real.
Cole is coming off one of the more interesting seasons of is career. The 27-year-old right-hander would post a 4.26 ERA (4.10 FIP, 4.15 DRA) over 203 innings of work. And while his strikeout rate would improve, Cole would surrender 1.4 HR/9—a career-worst mark. His previous highest HR/9 rate was just 0.7. Then again, home runs were up across the league last season. Therefore, there’s probably not too much to worry about in that regard.
But for Cole, this move grants a fresh start—with the defending champions, no less. That’s a pretty sweet gig. As for the Astros, the message is clear: they are not satisfied with one title. They have the firepower to go after another. And, they are damn sure going to take advantage of it.
Now the only question that remains is this: who are the Astros giving up? In the meantime, it’s nice to have something to actually discuss this offseason.
But now, there’s quite an UPDATE to reveal: Cole isn’t going anywhere. For now.
Source: "No deal" for Gerrit Cole to Houston. "False rumor."
As is the case with these things, talks could pick back up quickly. For now, though, Gerrit Cole to Houston is not happening.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2018
Make up your damn minds, MLB. This is getting silly.