Law: Pirates get quantity for Cole, but come up short on quality

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Law: Pirates get quantity for Cole, but come up short on quality
Law: Pirates get quantity for Cole, but come up short on quality

Keith Law ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior baseball analyst for Insider Was special asst. to Blue Jays GM Wrote for Baseball Prospectus Follow on Twitter Gerrit Cole hasn't been a top-end starter the past two years, missing time with elbow and triceps injuries in 2016, pitching a full season in 2017 but with worse results than he had in his breakout 2015 season, when he was worth 4.5 WAR by his ERA and 5.5 by his peripherals. The Astros didn't exactly have a hole in their rotation, but even if Cole repeats his 2017 performance he's a soft upgrade, and the package Pittsburgh receives is more one of quantity than of impact. Cole gives up too much hard contact for a pitcher with his caliber of stuff,

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