Pirates trade pitcher Gerrit Cole to Astros

Arnold Nichols
January 11, 2018

However, it might be less risky to just spend the money on Darvish, who, in spite of some ups and downs in 2017 thanks to tipping pitches - including against the Astros in the World Series - has the longer track record of success, and won't cost Houston any of their kids. Remember, the Yankees drafted Cole back in 2008 and were hot after him in December but the deal fell off. Houston and NY are both loaded with possible prospects.

It was not immediately clear who the Astros will trade for Cole.

Right now the Yankees have Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery in their rotation.

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Passan is reporting that is is a "false rumor". Instead, he will join an Astros staff that already included Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. Cole is 59-42 overall with a career ERA of 3.50.


The 2015 version of Cole would fit the bill as a top-notch starter considering he was an All-Star with a 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 208 innings.

The prospects changing hands in the deal are still unknown, but outfielder Derek Fisher was one of the names being discussed initially.

The Pirates still have not made a move involving OF Andrew McCutchen either. Neither the Yankees or Astros were considered to be a landing spot for McCutchen so a combination deal does not make sense for either team.

The trade has yet to be confirmed by the clubs, and Yahoo Sports columnist Jeff Passan posted on Twitter that there is "no deal" between the Astros and Pirates. Trading all three would imply that Pittsburgh intends on building for the future, likely a five-year process.

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