Pirates Trade Gerrit Cole To The Astros

Jonathan Hernandez
January 11, 2018

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow also told Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle that he has spoken with several teams about Cole but has not agreed to any trades. Passan did note that "generally, this sort of thing winds up with a deal being consummated".

Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA for the Pirates last season.

The Yankees were also rumored to be in on Cole, but ultimately came second in the sweepstakes for the 27-year-old.

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In the postseason, Cole has a 1-2 record in three games started. It was by far the worst performance of his career.

Cole does not become a free agent until 2019. It's less clear how badly the Pirates need outfield prospects given the presence of Austin Meadows, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

With oft-dominant right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. backed by Charlie Morton, Brad Peacock and others, the Astros would have enviable starting pitcher depth - and significant insurance against any year-after effects from winning a World Series.

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