Yeah, I know it's not likely, but it might be worth it to call up Gerrit Cole when rosters expand on September 1st and let him air it out for a few carefully chosen one-inning stints. If his raw stuff is as deadly as reported, he could probably blow through a few lineups with fastballs and changeups alone, and since he wouldn't be going more than one inning at a time he wouldn't have to save anything for the second time through the lineup. Worst case scenario, he gets lit up a few times and gets to spend September soaking up the wisdom of a major league bullpen. Best case scenario, he becomes our version of Francisco Rodriguez circa-2002 and gives us 10 to 15 dominant setup innings on our way to October. Either way, he'd get his feet wet and be well-positioned to go back down to AAA next year and be ready for his big league rotation spot by the All-star break. Of course, this might be unwise from a team control/arbitration perspective, and I don't know how much 10 to 15 innings could mess up the longterm plan. I also don't know how close Cole is to his innings limit for this year. But, man, I'd love to see him setting up Grilli and Hanrahan with 100mph fastballs in the playoffs.
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