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Pirates Agree To Trade Gerrit Cole To Astros

11 January, 2018, 06:12 | Author: Rachael Silva
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ESPN Jerry Crasnick is saying that no deal is done for Cole and that a deal is "not imminent".

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". Keuchel, of course, becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, so Cole's presence will help cushion the blow of him leaving after the season, assuming he leaves.

They already have five capable starters in Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery.

The Yankees were also considered to be interested in Cole's services but contract talks with the Pirates fell off and never resumed.

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


However, the 2011 No. 1 overall pick still has top-of-the-rotation stuff with a fastball in the upper-90s and a plus curveball and changeup.

Cole, though, would give the Yankees a more proven arm, though one that doesn't come without some concern.

But Cole, 27, has been a nemesis to the Cubs since reaching the majors in 2013.

Instead, he may head to the team that vanquished the Yankees in a classic seven-game American League Championship Series last autumn.

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