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Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates, trade complete?

11 January, 2018, 06:14 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly trading pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros.

It was reported early Wednesday by Major League Baseball that a trade had been consummated between the two clubs, but Astros GM Jeff Luhnow denied the report, saying no trade was "imminent".

NY also has been linked in media reports to free agents Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb. He was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 203.0 inning pitched in 2017. 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. His best season came in 2015, when he posted a career-high 19 wins and career-low 2.60 ERA en route to his only all-star appearance. He struck out 103 while allowing only two home runs in 90 innings against the Cubs.

From Pittsburgh's perspective, losing someone of Cole's caliber is hard to swallow, especially as a smaller-market team that doesn't always attract marquee free agents.

The Astros entered this offseason coming off a World Series championship but owner Jim Crane said the team was actively searching for another member of its rotation. It's less clear how badly the Pirates need outfield prospects given the presence of Austin Meadows, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

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