The Yankees have interest in Pirates starter RHP Gerrit Cole, according to FanRag Sports Jon Heyman.
New York may have interest, but Heyman is reporting the Pirates are not willing to deal him. The Yankees have been high on Cole, who they looked at during the trade deadline this past season.
Cole, 27, didn't have the best of campaigns in 2017 as he owned a mediocre 12-12 record with a 4.26 ERA. However, he did put up 203 innings, which is good considering he battled injury in 2016. In 2015, Cole was one of the best pitchers in the National League, daunting a 19-8 record and 2.60 ERA with 202 strikeouts. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting that season as well.
Cole was formally a Yankees prospect as they drafted him out of high school in 2008. They would like to add one more, highly talented starting pitcher to their rotation, but the Pirates may want to keep Cole considering he still has two years until his contract is up.