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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/14/18

Gerrit Cole is heading to the Astros for real this time; other pitchers the Yankees can pursue; Grant Brisbee’s fake Hall of Fame ballot; an adorable video of Cody and Cole Bellinger while Clay is on in the background

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The Cole Train is heading for Houston
Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images Welp. That’s it. The Pittsburgh Pirates are done providing Kunj and I with links during this barren Burger King parking lot of an offseason. The Astros and Pirates have completed a trade that will send Gerrit Cole to Houston in exchange for Joe Musgrove, Michael Feliz, Colin Moran, Jason Martin, and other players not named Clint Frazier or Chance Adams. According to sources, the Yankees were unwilling to budge on Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Estevan Florial, or Miguel Andujar. The last one could signal that the Yankees are ready to roll with Andujar at third base this season. We shall see. | Bryan Hoch: Since the Yankees are done with clean Cole energy, their search for a more reliable source of pitcher will continue. Cashman has been in contact with Yu Darvish’s agent, but nothing has come of that yet. Other pitchers that might be available to them via trade are Patrick Corbin, Chris Archer, and Michael Fulmer. The latter of that trio would probably cost more than Cashman is willing to pay. Alex Cobb is also available. Or they could just go with what they’ve got.

SBNation | Grant Brisbee: I wanted to post this yesterday, but Friday had a newsplosion. Grant Brisbee gives us his Hall of Fame ballot for 2018. This list is slightly based on the fact that Jorge Posada fell off the ballot after one year, which was dumb. While Posada might not have been a Hall of Famer, there was still a discussion to be made for his inclusion. Anyway, enjoy his words. I always do.

Cut4 | MEARNS!!!: This has very little to do with the Yankees, but it’s impressive nonetheless. It’s also kinda adorable, as we see young Cody and Cole Bellinger playing while their dad’s game is on in the background. Because Mearns is MEARNS, he actually pinpoints exactly which game this is. It’s pretty clear that baseball runs in the family.