Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole from Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the St. Louis Cardinals n the first inning of a baseball game Friday

Now a deal is in place for Cole who compiled a 4.26 ERA over 203 innings last season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros have engaged in trade talks surrounding starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.

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. This trade increases Cole's upside in the wins department, but the move to the American League may offset those potential gains.

NY also has been linked in media reports to free agents Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb. 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.

The Yankees' rotation now includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and CC Sabathia.

Whether it's Dallas Keuchel, Verlander, and Cole or Keuchel, Verlander, and Darvish at the top of the Astros' rotation in 2018, they're going to have a formidable group. The 27-year-old eventually went on to UCLA and was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011. A change of scenery, voice, and style could be just what Cole needs. Now, whether this means they want three Top 100 prospects or simply three prospects they view as top guys remains to be seen, but the fact is it will probably take a very good prospects to get this deal done. As for the Pirates, a full rebuild could soon follow with stars Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison up next on the trade block.

The trade has not been confirmed by either club, and Pittsburgh's compensation in the deal has not been revealed.

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