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MLB Trade Rumors: Astros deal for Gerrit Cole is imminent

MLB Trade Rumors: Astros deal for Gerrit Cole is imminent

MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi said in a series of tweets that the clubs reached an agreement, and are working to beat Friday's trading deadline.

This trade is the latest in a series of aggressive, focused moves by the Astros.

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. This is not a one-year rental, and Houston landed a proven arm who is just 27 years old. His best season came in 2015, when he posted a career-high 19 wins and career-low 2.60 ERA en route to his only all-star appearance.

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From Pittsburgh's perspective, losing someone of Cole's caliber is hard to swallow, especially as a smaller-market team that doesn't always attract marquee free agents. Looking ahead to 2018, Cole will likely slide in as Houston's third starter, but he's a fine addition as an SP2 in 15-team leagues.

Gerrit Cole is not a member of the Houston Astros, at least not yet, after reports of the pitcher being traded were refuted or walked back.


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