**UPDATE**  Hours after this was published the Houston Astros acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five player trade.  In return for Cole the Pirates received right handed pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin.

On Friday Gerrit Cole avoided arbitration by signing a $6.75 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Don’t get to excited Pittsburgh, he could still end up playing for just about anyone, and the list of teams that are interested is definitely not short.  Among the teams rumored to be interested are the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and division rival Chicago Cubs.

Cole was one of the best Starting Pitchers in baseball in 2015 but ended 2017 with a career high 4.26 ERA.  If the Cubs are serious about acquiring Cole they could have a complete rotation of ace caliber Pitchers.

Will we see Cole in a rotation with John Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, and Tyler Chatwood?  Or will we see him in New York with the likes of the best outfield in baseball?  Only time will tell who, if anyone, is willing to pony up enough to meet the Pirates asking price.  Unless of course the Pirates aren’t at all interested in trading their top pitcher when he is under team control until 2019.