Astros trade for Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, reports says

Gerrit Cole Pirates Astros

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

The Yankees had been in trade talks with the Pirates about Cole for several weeks.

The Astros' owner, Jim Crane, said that his team is looking for a "high-end starter", and while he didn't name names, he did say that said starter could come through a trade or free agency. 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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The Pirates drafted Cole in 2011, using their first overall selection to do so. Cole did top 200 innings for the second time in 2017 and also saw his strikeout numbers tick back up close to one per inning. It was by far the worst performance of his career.

The teams have not announced the deal, and Cole has reportedly yet to be informed of the trade, so there is still a lot to get done.

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

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