The Yankees at this point are the likeliest destination for Gerrit Cole, but if that falls through, sources believe Pittsburgh is highly motivated to trade him. Likelihood Cole moves is very strong.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 22, 2017
yankees have always loved gerrit cole, and maybe they work a deal eventually. but still hearing of one big holdup: pirates want gleyber to headline package, yanks want frazier to headline it.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 22, 2017
Source says Yankees-Pirates talks re: Gerrit Cole trade are “getting hot,” though it’s unclear whether a deal is imminent.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 22, 2017
I do not expect the Yankees to budge from their refusal to include Torres in any deal for Cole. Right now it seems likely that Torres will start the year at second base or at least play two-thirds of the season there. After all, Brian Cashman did admit that the Yankees might have called up Torres last year if he didn’t get hurt and even went so far as to say the Yankees might not have traded for Todd Frazier if he hadn’t gotten hurt.
Torres is basically part of the team at this point where Clint Frazier…is the 6th outfielder and a guy who would be *nice* to keep around.