Gerrit Cole is coming off the disabled list Saturday

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Gerrit Cole wasn’t ready to come off the disabled list when eligible last week, but the Pirates right-hander is now recovered enough from his shoulder problems to rejoin the rotation Saturday versus the Mets.

Cole last pitched on June 3, but threw an 84-pitch simulated game Tuesday to convince the Pirates that he’s ready to return. Before being shut down with what the Pirates called shoulder fatigue the 23-year-old former No. 1 overall pick had a 3.64 ERA and 69/25 K/BB ratio in 77 innings to build on a very strong rookie showing last season.

Marlins intend to keep Christian Yelich

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With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.

Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.

That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.

The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.