I didn’t feel the need to
write an article spring this on you on Christmas, but this New York Daily News piece, which suggests the Pirates have moved on from their request of Gleyber Torres in a possible Gerrit Cole trade, also indicates Josh Harrison could be added to fill the Yankees’ lineup.
Again, take this with a grain of salt, or several.
Harrison would indeed fit nicely onto the Yankees, who are in need of a second and third baseman, especially if third-base prospect Miguel Andujar were to head to Pittsburgh. However, I would hope Harrison, with value of his own, would be more of a chip to sweeten the pot. This seems a bit more like the New York media identifying a player that would fit on the Yankees, rather than actually concerning themselves with the existence of other teams and the fact they require things in return for these guys. Continuing with that, I’ll wait and see whether Torres is really out.
Also, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted the Pirates have been talking with multiple teams about Cole.
The #Pirates have been engaged in talks with multiple clubs on Gerrit Cole since the winter meetings. This isn't a case of the #Yankees or bust. A trade doesn't appear imminent at this point. But things could pick up again between Christmas and New Years.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 23, 2017
That’s probably a good thing, with the Yankees waffling at the moment.