With every box break comes an awesome trade. I can always count on Kevin to find some great cards for my collection. He always goes above and beyond which is unnecessary, but greatly appreciated.
I would never say this on Twitter because I don't want angry Pirate fans calling me a front office apologist, but I totally get the Cole deal. The perception of Cole is that he is an ace pitcher, but the results tell a different story. The last two years he has been plagued by injury and homers. While he has a ton of value, expecting teams top prospects wasn't fair. Rumors were the Yankees offered Clint Frazier and Chance Adams, but not together. The Astros never offered one of their top prospects. Do you gamble on one big prospect, or get a collection of flawed players in the hope that they develop.
By all accounts Cole had no desire to take any type of deal that would have bought out his arbitration and early free agent years. He had two years of control left. It was time to deal.
This is by no means a knock on Cole. He was healthy last year so that is a great sign. By losing him the Pirates definitely got worse in the short term. If he can suppress the homers, he could slot right back as a top flight starter. You just can't land a teams top prospects with someone putting up numbers like Cole has in the past two years.
Triple Threads relics are awesome!
Thanks for the trade Kevin. What a mix of old and new. The winner was the Clemente/Wally Moon card in my book. What a great card.
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