MLB Rumors: Astros To Land Gerrit Cole In Trade Despite Yankees' Interest

by Olga Hunt January 11, 2018, 0:34
MLB Rumors: Astros To Land Gerrit Cole In Trade Despite Yankees' Interest

Passan is reporting that is is a "false rumor".

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros might be getting even better this offseason with a trade that's "close" (per USA TODAY Sports) for Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole. The Astros and Pirates were also discussing outfielder Kyle Tucker, but top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley was believed to be untouchable according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 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.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow also told Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle that he has spoken with several teams about Cole but has not agreed to any trades.

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It was not immediately clear who the Astros will trade for Cole. Now a deal is in place for Cole who compiled a 4.26 ERA over 203 innings last season. Keuchel, of course, becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, so Cole could help cushion the blow of him leaving, assuming he leaves. He was an all-star in 2015.

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 Astros would hope that Cole bounces back to his form from 2013-2016 when he had a 3.23 ERA over 579 1/3 innings of work.


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