Chicago Cubs Rumors: Showing interest in Pirates’ Gerrit Cole

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Soft pass on this one

The good news is that Cole is going to come relatively cheap in his final two years, comparatively speaking. With Jon Lester making $27 million next season, any savings for the Cubs would be welcome. The Cubs could get him for right around $7-10 million, give or take. But do they want to give up that much controllable talent for two years of Cole?

Cole has been a good starter throughout his career, but I can’t see the Cubs pulling the trigger on a deal like this. With Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb still out there, Cole might be a “fallback” if he’s still available. But based on what we’ve heard, the Cubs will get their man in the end. And that isn’t likely going to be Cole.

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Theo Epstein is just “kicking the tires” on about every pitcher, free agent or otherwise. This also might be a good way to find out–should the Cubs be in a position to–on what teams might want for said pitchers. Whatever the case, the Cubs will land their man. Just who that is, that’s a bit of a mystery.