Pittsburgh Pirates: Review of the Gerrit Cole Trade

Nearly six years later, let's review the Pirates trading Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros

Aug 28, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Colin Moran (19)
Aug 28, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Colin Moran (19) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Outfielder Jason Martin

Martin was an outfielder who never got much of a shot in the majors, playing in just 27 games with the Pirates and going 9-45 with 2 RBIs. After the 2020 season, he was granted free agency and signed with the Texas Rangers, who played him in 58 games in 2021.

During that time, he hit 6 home runs and recorded 17 RBIs but struggled with a .208 average and didn't walk enough to make up for the low average. In 2022, with the Dodgers' Triple-A team, he played 129 games and hit 32 home runs with 107 RBIs. While batting .285 and walking 68 times for an on-base percentage of .374. In 2023, he signed with the NC Dinos of the KBO.

In the KBO, he has shown that he can dominate pitchers, hitting 14 home runs with 69 RBIs in 87 games. While batting .301 with an on-base percentage of .378, he has been nothing but impressive. At age 28, an MLB comeback could be possible.