Gerrit Cole moves swiftly to distance himself from Astros |

Gerrit Cole moves swiftly to distance himself from Astros

Jerry DiPaola
Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington.

Gerrit Cole might have enjoyed his two seasons as a member of the Houston Astros, getting to the World Series and all.

But now the former Pittsburgh Pirates first-round draft choice and free-agent-to-be looks like he’s ready to try a third team.

An hour after the Astros lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Washington Nationals, he told a reporter he was “not an employee of the team,” according to

Cole didn’t say if he was irked because he didn’t get a chance to pitch in the late innings Wednesday night. He would have been working on only two days rest after throwing 107 pitches in a Game 5 victory against the Nationals, but he might have had a few more in him with the game on the line.

Cole, who was 20-5 during the regular season and led the majors with 326 strikeouts, was wearing a hat emblazoned with the logo of his agent Scott Boras’ company.

Of course, he was. He’s in line to get, possibly, the richest contract ever given to a pitcher, something in the neighborhood of $300 million.

The Pirates traded Cole to the Astros on Jan. 13, 2018, getting starting pitcher Joe Musgrove, third baseman Colin Moran, relief pitcher Michael Feliz and minor-league outfielder Jason Martin in return. The Pirates still have those players.

Musgrove has shown signs of being an effective pitcher and a clubhouse leader, and Moran drove in 80 runs this season, hitting .277 for the second straight year.

Meanwhile, the Astros got two great seasons from Cole (35-10, 602 strikeouts and a 2.68 ERA) and an appearance in the World Series.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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