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Sport MLB trade rumors: Yankees cool on Gerrit Cole, but not out yet

17:36  11 january  2018
17:36  11 january  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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MLB trade rumors : Yankees acquiring Gerrit Cole matter of 'when' not 'if'. The Yankees and Pirates have not come to an agreement on a package for the starting pitcher yet , but there is confidence a deal will get done.

Wednesday saw a very bizarre day on the hot stove as the Astros emerged as the frontrunner for Gerrit Cole and then appeared to get him. Mark Feinsand of MLB .com said "don't count the Yankees out yet " on MLB Network on Thursday morning.

Wednesday saw a very bizarre day on the hot stove as the Astros emerged as the frontrunner for Gerrit Cole and then appeared to get him. MLB.com actually reported the deal was agreed upon.

a baseball player is getting ready to hit the ball: Gerrit Cole © (Getty Images) Gerrit Cole

However, Yahoo Sports reported there was no deal and it was a "false rumor."

How did it even get to that point after Yahoo reported weeks ago that it was a matter of "when" not "if" the Yankees traded for Cole? Well, it happened because the Yankees apparently backed off.

According to the New York Post , the Yankees have shut down trade talks for Cole. That would explain why the Astros suddenly emerged as the favorite team to acquire the 27-year-old.

MLB trade rumors: Astros now in on Gerrit Cole as Yankees still in pursuit

  MLB trade rumors: Astros now in on Gerrit Cole as Yankees still in pursuit Some scouts have said it's a matter of "when" not "if" the Yankees will acquire Gerrit Cole, but the Astros are not giving up.According to Yahoo Sports, the Astros have engaged in talks with the Pirates to acquire Cole, and while many scouts told the NY Daily News they believe the Yankees will be the team to get him, they openly admit the Astros have the assets to get a deal done too.

At one point experts said it was a matter of "when" not "if" the Yankees traded for Cole . Now people can't decide what the Yankees are doing.

Chance Adams Clint Frazier Gerrit Cole Houston Astros New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates Yu Darvish. Reactions To The Gerrit Cole Trade . Cole also used the words “flat- out elated” to describe the “unbelievable opportunity” (via Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

What it doesn't explain is why the Yankees didn't want the man they formerly drafted in the first round out of high school in 2008. It could simply have been the Pirates were asking for too much. It could also have been a scout insisting the team shouldn't go after him. Either way, it has been a fascinating situation to watch, but it's also a situation that's still evolving.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com said "don't count the Yankees out yet" on MLB Network on Thursday morning. So while it may appear the Yankees didn't want the Pirates' ace Wednesday, an entire day has passed, so who knows what they're thinking now?

Gerrit Cole gets in dig at Pirates ownership, management .
The former Pirates ace said, "it’s refreshing to come to an environment where the team is willing to … put resources into the club."“It’s really special,” Cole said at the media conference. “Obviously, the organization puts — values me very high, and that always feels good as a player. And it’s refreshing to come to an environment where the team is willing to continually put resources into the club and continue to move forward and try to provide the best possible product for its fans.

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