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Yankees were "never close" to trading for Gerrit Cole and Josh Harrison market "heating up"

The Pirates have been on trades all off-season yet they haven't been able to pull anything off

Gerrit Cole.

Gerrit Cole. | AP

The New York Yankees have been one of the most active teams this off-season and according to their President, Randy Levine, the team is not done, yet other sources point to the "Bombers" being happy where they are right now.

According to Bill Klapish a free agent reporter, the Yankees are "nowhere" right now on Gerrit Cole and that things were "never close" between the two teams. 

Klapisch also stated that the Yanks rotation is set for now.

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The Pirates and Yankees seemed like a perfect fit to get a deal done with Cole being a young ace and the "Bronx Bombers" having the prospects to get something done, but it seems the Yanks "balked" on the whole trading Gleyber Torres idea.

New York drafted Cole in the first round in 2008, but he chose to attend UCLA and eventually joined the Pirates as the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

Cole has struggled the past two years with a 3.88 ERA in 2016 and 4.26 in 2017, but in 2015 showed just how good he can be with a 2.60 ERA and winning 19 games that season, also finishing fourth in the Cy Young vote.

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While the Cole market cools down, another Pirate seems to be gaining attention and that is fan favorite Josh Harrison.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman listed the Mets, Blue Jays and Yankees as potential trade partners for Harrison, and said also outfielder Andrew McCutchen was also being discussed.

Harrison, 30, was an All-Star in 2017, batting .272 with a career-best 16 home runs in 128 games with Pittsburgh. He has one year remaining on his contract with club options for 2019 and 2020.

Should the Pirates commit to a rebuild this winter and opt to trade veterans like Harrison, Cole and McCutchen, they'll likely be seeking controllable prospects to supplement their young core.

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