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Yankees, like many teams, interested in Gerrit Cole

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The New York Yankees are interested in trading for Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says.

ESPN’s Buster Olney adds the Pirates are willing to listen, which, I would argue, doesn’t contradict Heyman’s statement that the Pirates aren’t likely to move Cole.

A word to the wise: I wouldn’t get terribly concerned at this point. Cole, for his flaws that can be exposed up close, is a very talented pitcher with two seasons of arbitration left, and will draw a ton of interest. The Pirates, in their position, are smart to listen on anybody. This is almost always their stance.

This won’t be the last report of this type you’ll see. People will continue to report on the interest in Cole, the Pirates will listen and we will continue to pass this on. But it’s not exactly a big deal, yet.