How will you remember Gerrit Cole in an Astros uniform?
The Pittsburgh ace was traded — until he wasn't — on Wednesday, surrounded by a flurry of rumors that sent baseball fans into a frenzy.
Actually, Cole's wife, Amy, probably Tweeted it the best.
In any case, here are the latest rumors surrounding the Pirates' hoss.
Gerrit Cole trade rumors
Friday, Jan. 12: It seems as though the Cubs have entered the fray, according to Jon Heyman.
cubs are a third team that's talked about gerrit cole lately. yanks and astros have more prospects, which may give them an edge. but pirates wouldn't mind getting MLB players back, too.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 12, 2018
9:20 a.m.: To counter the earlier King report, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand said not to count the Yankees out just yet in trade talks with the Pirates, via MLB Network's "Hot Stove."
Thursday, Jan. 11, 9:11 a.m.: Fox Sports' Jon Morosi says on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" that a deal is still in the works, but a few days away.
2:00 p.m.: The New York Post's George A. King III reports that the Yankees had shut down talks with the Pirates over Gerrit Cole.
1:36 p.m.: Rosenthal apologizes for the misunderstanding.
Earlier I quoted a source saying Cole to #Astros was close. Clearly that is not the case. Had heard all morning there was significant momentum toward a trade, with specific names under discussion. A deal surely remains possible. But I was mistaken to call it close at that time.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 10, 2018
1:14 p.m.: Fanrag Sports' Jon Heyman backs up Passan's report.
getting the impression cole to astros isn't necessarily close, at least not at the moment. also heard last night there was another team trying for cole, too (not the yankees)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 10, 2018
1:04 p.m.: Passan isn't here for your flimsy rumors!
Source: "No deal" for Gerrit Cole to Houston. "False rumor."— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2018
As is the case with these things, talks could pick back up quickly. For now, though, Gerrit Cole to Houston is not happening.
12:52 p.m.: Here comes a new challenger! The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal confirms previous report from Morosi.
12:25 p.m.: Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan shows up to throw cold water on the hot stove. The baseball world weeps.
While a number of parties figure the Gerrit Cole-to-Astros deal will get done, multiple sources are cautioning that it's not there yet. Cole has not been informed of a trade to Houston. Generally, this sort of thing winds up with a deal being consummated. Just not at this point.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2018
12:18 p.m.: And not but a half hour later…
11:48 a.m.: Morosi says a trade is imminent.
Wednesday, Jan. 10: It all started on Wednesday, Jan. 10 with Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.