Pirates trade pitcher Gerrit Cole to Astros

Sheri Evans
January 11, 2018

The Houston Astros reportedly made a major addition to their pitching staff Wednesday, trading for Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.

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

It was not immediately clear who the Astros will trade for Cole. Passan did note that "generally, this sort of thing winds up with a deal being consummated". Cole is 59-42 overall with a career ERA of 3.50.

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was an all-star in 2015. He struck out 103 while allowing only two home runs in 90 innings against the Cubs.

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In the postseason, Cole has a 1-2 record in three games started.

However, the right-handed hurler has slipped some in recent years. Keuchel, of course, becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, so Cole's presence will help cushion the blow of him leaving after the season, assuming he leaves.

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros have clearly stated this winter that they're looking for a front-line starting pitcher.

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