Gerrit Cole: "It Was A Pleasure To Play In Houston"

On Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros to win their first ever World Series in franchise history.

Now the offseason kicks off where arguably the biggest free agent on the market might have just hinted at leaving Texas to take his talents somewhere else.

"It was a pleasure to play in Houston," Cole told reporters, according to Hazel Mae of Sportsnet.

Although Cole threw 110 pitches over seven innings in Game 5 on Sunday, he was available to enter Game 7. He was seen warming in the bullpen at various times, but he was never called upon by skipper AJ Hinch.

"They're a good team," he said, according to Alyson Footer of "I don't want to say I'm so shocked that they can win four games (at Minute Maid Park). But I think both teams would have imagined that somebody would have been able to defend their home turf at least once."

If this is the end of Cole in an Astros uniform seasons, he went 35-10 with a 2.68 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 602 strikeouts in 412 2/3 innings, and he is a candidate for the CY Young in the AL.

He now hits the free agent market where he will command a lot of attention as well as dollars.

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