Pirates ace Gerrit Cole traded to Astros

Esther Moore
January 11, 2018

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. The Astros would appear set to open the season with a rotation of Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, Cole, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton if the trade is completed.

Cole does not become a free agent until 2019.

The Yankees miss out on righthander Gerrit Cole.

According to MLB.com, Houston has acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pirates.

"We have talked to several teams about possible trades", Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle.

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Cole, 27, finished fourth in the 2015 National League Cy Young Award voting, but he posted the highest ERA (4.26) of his major league career last season, going 12-12 in 33 starts.

Cole was the Yankees' first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2008 draft, but opted to play at UCLA.

Ken Rosenthal also confirms Morosi's report.

They already have five capable starters in Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery. He struck out 103 while allowing only two home runs in 90 innings against the Cubs.

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