Pirates trade pitcher Gerrit Cole to Houston Astros
Pirates trade pitcher Gerrit Cole to Houston Astros
Gerrit Cole is reportedly being pursued by the Astros
11 January, 2018, 00:35
The Yankees were also considered to be interested in Cole's services but contract talks with the Pirates fell off and never resumed.
The New York Yankees also are in talks to acquire Cole, but a source with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN that a deal is not close right now.
Suddenly the New York Yankees could be could be back in the race.
At this point, the hold up for any team trying to trade for Cole is the Pirates reportedly wanting three top prospects in a deal. 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. Now a deal is in place for Cole who compiled a 4.26 ERA over 203 innings last season.
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Cole, who is under team control for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, is in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The former All-Star's best season came back in 2015 when he posted a 19-8 record with a 2.60 ERA en route to finishing in the top five in Cy Young voting.
If the trade does goes through, the trade would bolster an already-stacked rotation in Houston that includes two-time Cy Young award-winner Justin Verlander and 2015 victor Dallas Keuchel. The 27-year-old eventually went on to UCLA and was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011.
The Pirates still have not made a move involving OF Andrew McCutchen either.
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