The Yankees’ pitching rotation is close to entering a Cole new world. Gerrit Cole is likely to be on the Bombers come next season as the Yankees and Pirates are “working on a deal,” according to Yahoo Sports. An agreement has not yet been reached but it’s “a matter of when rather than if,” according to the report. It’s not clear who the Yankees would have to send Pittsburgh in return for Cole, but FanRag Sports reports that the Pirates want Gleyber Torres, the top prospect in baseball. The Yankees, on the other hand, are trying to build a package for the Pirates centered around Clint Frazier, who, thanks to the Giancarlo Stanton acquisition, is now quite expendable for the Bombers. Cole, 27, is under team control until 2020 and made $3.7 million this past season. He is going into his second year of arbitration. Brian Cashman and the Bombers have a history of chasing after Cole. They drafted him in the first round of the 2008 draft, but the righthander decided to attend UCLA instead.
Yankees ‘working on deal’ to acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates: report
New York Daily News | Dec 21