Yankees are interested in gerrit cole, who they once drafted. But initial impression is pirates arent trading him.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2017
The Pirates are willing to listen to offers for Gerrit Cole; the Yankees and Pirates match up well for potential deals at this juncture, as sources confirm; Brian Cashman and Neal Huntington have an extensive trade history. Time will tell.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 11, 2017
Gerrit Cole, still 27-years-old, had a 4.26 ERA, a 1.251 WHIP, a 8.7 k/9 and a 2.4 BB/9 which was good for a 101 ERA+ in 203 innings in 2017. Cole is arbitration eligible this offseason and next and won’t be a free agent until two years from now.
There is a lot of debate about how good Cole can actually be. He was an ace-caliber pitcher in 2015 when he had a 2.60 ERA in 208 innings with 202 strikeouts that year, but then he dealt with injuries in 2016 and only had a 3.88 ERA over 116 innings.
If the Yankees go after Cole, it will probably cost them Clint Frazier and a top starting pitching prospect like Chance Adams plus other prospects. They would have to have faith that he would bounce back and have a year at least similar to his 2015 campaign to go all in. The upside is that he will likely only cost about $8 million this year so the Yankees could conceivably add both Cole and CC Sabathia.