You would think now that Gerrit Cole is out of Pittsburgh, he would be able to move on with the Astros.
However, that was not quite the case on Wednesday, as Cole felt the need to dish out one more parting shot at the Buccos.
At his introductory press conference, Cole expressed that it feels good to part of an organization that values him as a player, and an organization that is focused on putting the best team on the field. But he made it pretty clear that that wasn't how his old organization operated.
Gerrit Cole, the Astro: "It’s refreshing to come to an environment where the team is willing to continually put resources into the club and continue to move forward and try to provide the best possible product for its fans." https://t.co/VhG2xTjEWR— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) January 17, 2018
After mixed reports about the status of the Cole trade last week, it appeared that the Pirates' former ace would not be headed to Houston after all, surely sending him into a mental tailspin about potentially playing with a depleted roster for the next two seasons. The Astros sure are thankful the deal didn't fall through entirely, too.
There is a question of how Cole will react if the Astros are unable to re-sign several of their star players, including himself, in the next several seasons. But that is a question for another day.
Watch as Gerrit Cole is introduced live from Houston. https://t.co/DEplA88rTH— Houston Astros (@astros) January 17, 2018
Right now, Cole figures to be a central piece on a team that intends on getting back to the World Series in 2018.
It's crazy to think a rotation that featured Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr., and Charlie Morton last year will be even better this year. Good luck to the rest of the league.
Bad luck to Pittsburgh.