The latest chapter in the Gerrit Cole saga reveals Astros dodged a bullet

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Many fans wanted to see Gerrit Cole return to the Astros after the 2019 season, but Cole opted to sign a massive 324 million dollar contract with the Yankees. Now that we've seen 2020 play out and the Astros went further in the playoffs than New York, is it actually a blessing that the Astros aren't on the hook for Cole's contract with MLB owners being so cash-strapped due to the pandemic. Also, would the Astros even have a chance to re-sign George Springer or Michael Brantley if Jim Crane was stuck with Cole's boat anchor of a contract? Be sure to watch the video above to find out.

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Jake Bloss will start for the Astros on Friday. Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images.

The Houston Astros plan to call up right-hander Jake Bloss from Double-A Corpus Christi to make his major league debut against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday and fill a hole in their injury-depleted rotation.

Bloss, a third-round draft pick out of Georgetown in 2023, has a 1.74 ERA over 12 starts in Class A and Double-A. The 22-year-old right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA in eight outings for Corpus Christi. He has never pitched in Triple-A.

Houston has been hit hard by injuries, particularly to its pitchers.

Ace Justin Verlander went on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday to give him more time to resolve his lingering neck discomfort. Cristian Javier and José Urquidy each had Tommy John surgery this month. Lance McCullers Jr. and Luis Garcia could return after the All-Star break after missing the start of the season as part of the recovery process from major operations.

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