Pittsburgh Pirates: Potential Gerrit Cole Trade Destinations

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Gerrit Cole trade possibilities
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Toronto Blue Jays

It’s unclear what the Toronto Blue Jays will do in 2018. Are they getting ready to sell and rebuild or go after a championship before Josh Donaldson potentially departs in free agency?

If they’re looking to compete then they could think about adding a pitcher like Cole. Considering the bleak statistics their pitchers produced during the regular season, it would be foolish to enter next year without an upgrade.

The Blue Jays’ pitching staff didn’t produce many quality starts this past season. Blame injuries to Aaron Sanchez and bad luck for this dilapidated performance. The fact remains, Toronto fell well short of expectations.

The Blue Jays already made small strides suggesting 2018 is another year of competitive Canadian baseball. The Marco Estrada extension doesn’t make any sense unless they truly believe they have a shot. Making a trade for Cole gives them a much better chance at returning to the playoffs.

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Not many realize that the Blue Jays actually do have the young talent to make a run at Cole or a similar player. Although Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette aren’t getting traded any time soon, their presence allows other quality prospects to depart.

We should see many new faces in the Blue Jays dugout. Cole could very well become one of them.