Gerrit Cole was finally traded to the Astros tonight. Nothing shocking about this as it was falsely reported as being finalized a couple of days back. The two teams were able to get things wrapped tonight with the Pirates receiving four players from the Astros.
I'm sure some Pirate fans will be disappointed in the return as the Astros were able to keep their top prospects. With the Pirates accepting the deal it likely means that neither the Yankees or Astros were willing to deal their top names away. Some huge names were being reported the last few weeks, but either this was wrong or the Pirates weren't willing to do one for one type of deals.
While the guys coming over from Houston lack the big name pedigree, three of the four will likely be on an opening day roster. So I guess that is something.
For Houston this was a great deal. They hold onto their best prospects and add a pitcher who has top of the rotation stuff, but will slide into the middle of the rotation. The big question for Houston is which Gerrit Cole will they get. In 2015 Cole was an ace, 2016 he was injured and last season his numbers regressed with the longball being a huge issue.
I'll miss watching Cole pitch and his absence will leave a gaping hole in the rotation. You have to think that Cutch and Harrison will likely be moved if the right deal comes up. Being a fan of a small market team can be rough. You just hope the next crop of young guys can repeat the success Cole saw with the Pirates. Time will tell.