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If Astros don’t sign Gerrit Cole, is Stephen Strasburg a viable alternative?

Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg are the top two starting pitchers available on the free-agent market this offseason. Yesterday, Astros‘ owner Jim Crane stated that they were going to “take a run at” re-signing Cole. But there is a very real possibility that may not transpire, after all, there is going to be stiff competition.

So if you can’t get the best pitcher out there, why not go after the second-best, Strasburg. You know what they say, if you can’t beat the other team, take their players. I might have made that up, but why not?