Astros GM: 'Nothing imminent' in deal for Pirates RHP Cole

Lynette Rowe
January 11, 2018

According to MLB.com, Houston has acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pirates.

Shortly after, FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal, who previously said a deal was "close", appeared to walk back his claim. It wasn't immediately clear what Pittsburgh will receive in return.

Cole is coming off the worst year of his career with the Pirates as he posted a 4.26 ERA and allowed a.254 batting average against. He is only two seasons removed from a 19-8, 2.60 campaign in 2015, and he's still just 27, so adding him would go a long way toward strengthening either club's rotation.

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Passan reports that Houston is dangling outfielder Derek Fisherin the talks, although he says the Pirates would want more, which makes sense.

Acquiring Cole would bolster the Astros' already stellar starting rotation, as Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton all are under contract for the defending World Series champions in 2018.

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.

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