Astros trade for Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, reports says

Astros trade for Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, reports says

The deal comes only a few days after owner Jim Crane went on the record saying his front office was working on acquiring a top starting pitcher.

From Pittsburgh's perspective, losing someone of Cole's caliber is hard to swallow, especially as a smaller-market team that doesn't always attract marquee free agents.

A trade of right-hander Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates to Houston was reportedly in place on Wednesday, but Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the deal isn't "imminent".

The Yankees had been in trade talks with the Pirates about Cole for several weeks.




Gerrit Cole won't be a Yankee after all.

Cole, who is under team control for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, is in his second year of arbitration eligibility.

But Cole, 27, has been a nemesis to the Cubs since reaching the majors in 2013. The former All-Star's best season came back in 2015 when he posted a 19-8 record with a 2.60 ERA en route to finishing in the top five in Cy Young voting.

Right now the Yankees have Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery in their rotation. His home-run rate spiked dramatically to 1.4 per nine after allowing 0.6 per nine for the first four years of his career.

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