Gerrit Cole Traded to Astros from Pirates Amid Yankees Rumors

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Gerrit Cole won't be a Yankee after all.

According to Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, the Astros and Pirates are close to a trade sending Gerrit Cole to Houston.

Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle Wednesday afternoon that he's "talked to several teams about possible trades" but said "at this point, nothing is imminent". It wasn't immediately clear what Pittsburgh will receive in return. 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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In five years with the Pirates, Cole has a 59-42 record with a 3.50 ERA, averaging 156 innings a season in 127 starts. He finished with a career-worst 4.26 ERA in 2017 and career-worst 1.44 WHIP in 2016. They have reportedly discussed trading with the Detroit Tigers for Michael Fulmer, with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Patrick Corbin and with the Kansas City Royals for Danny Duffy.

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

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