Chicago Cubs Rumors: Showing interest in Pirates’ Gerrit Cole
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.