March 21, 2018

Astros talking to the Pirates about Gerrit Cole

11 January 2018, 12:34 | Kristopher Drake

The Astros are thinking about Gerrit Cole or Yu Darvish

Gerrit Cole Pirates Astros

Shortly after, FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal, who previously said a deal was "close", appeared to walk back his claim.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported on Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to trade the 27-year-old pitcher to the 2017 World Series champion. The Astros and Pirates were also discussing outfielder Kyle Tucker, but top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley was believed to be untouchable according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1 and 2 prospects in Houston's system, per

There haven't been any indications as to the return the Pirates are looking for from Houston.

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Cole has a 59-42 record and career 3.50 ERA with the Pirates, and has recorded 734 strikeouts.

In an earlier article, I spoke of the Pirates and Yankees possibly making a trade involving OF Clint Frazier and SP Gerrit Cole. Keuchel, of course, becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, so Cole's presence will help cushion the blow of him leaving after the season, assuming he leaves. He was an all-star in 2015.

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cole completes a very strong rotation behind Justin Verlander and provides insurance should Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers struggle with injuries again next season.

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