Major League Baseball trade rumors: Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates

Tricia Pearson
January 11, 2018

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

It has been a historically slow offseason for most Major League Baseball teams and free agents, but the Houston Astros quickly pulled together a trade for Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.

This trade is the latest in a series of aggressive, focused moves by the Astros.

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In 5 years with the Pirates, Cole has gone 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA and 3.27 FIP in 127 career starts. He is only two seasons removed from a 19-8, 2.60 campaign in 2015, and he's still just 27, so adding him would go a long way toward strengthening either club's rotation. Cole did top 200 innings for the second time in 2017 and also saw his strikeout numbers tick back up close to one per inning. They have reportedly discussed trading with the Detroit Tigers for Michael Fulmer, with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Patrick Corbin and with the Kansas City Royals for Danny Duffy.

Despite Morosi's report, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that "multiple sources are cautioning" that a deal wasn't done yet.

The Yankees' rotation now includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and CC Sabathia.

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