The Baltimore Orioles joined the list of teams that have at least checked in with the Pirates about Gerrit Cole, according to a source. Cole has garnered interest, according to multiple reports during the past couple of weeks, from the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, and given his status — young, talented, controllable for two more years at reasonable salaries — that certainly isn’t the end of the list. ESPN reported that industry folks think the Pirates are prepared to trade Cole if their asking price is met. The 27-year-old righty made 33 starts and pitched 203 innings last season with a 4.26 ERA and 31 home runs allowed. He stayed healthy after an injury-marred 2016 season. In 2015, he finished fourth in the Cy Young voting after striking out 202 batters in 208 innings with a 2.60 ERA.