Let's look back and pay our respects to Former Astros Great Gerrit Cole, who helped the Astros win the Unoffical Offseason 2018 World Series.
At 11:48 am, hundreds of Houston-area computers googled the word "imminent" to double check and make sure that word meant what they thought it meant. Sure enough, imminent means it's about to happen. Cole may as well have been on the way to Houston.
Lance McCullers tweeted out a celebratory gif. Haters proceeded to hate. McCullers proceeded to hate on the haters hate.
Then, a cloud appeared on the horizon.
Luhnow dropped a bombshell, admitted in broad daylight that he had talked to several teams about possible trades. Was this some sort of game to him? Was he aware that I had basically abandoned any semblance of pretending to work in lieu of refreshing MLB Trade Rumors?Just spoke with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who acknowledged he’s “talked to several teams about possible trades” but said “at this point, nothing is imminent."— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) January 10, 2018
No matter. GMs have to be cryptic until the ink is dry. It's not like this was a false rumor or anything.
Oh.Source: "No deal" for Gerrit Cole to Houston. "False rumor."— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2018
As is the case with these things, talks could pick back up quickly. For now, though, Gerrit Cole to Houston is not happening.
Looks like the Astros will have to slum it through the 2018 season with just Verlander, Keuchel, Cole, McCullers, Morton, McHugh, Staff Ace Brad Peacock, Musgrove, Martes, Whitely, actually wait this isn't that bad.
Or Luhnow could continue to gallivant around "talking" to "several teams" about "possible trades." By the time you read this he could have signed Yu Darvish and traded for six different aces. The offseason is a rollercoaster. The Stove is an illusion.