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Astros trade for Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, reports says

Astros trade for Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, reports says

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a trade that will send the 27-year-old right-hander to the defending world champion Astros.

Yahoo Sports reported a trade between the Pirates and the Astros would have to include either outfielder Kyle Tucker, who is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline, or Forrest Whitley, who is ranked No. 36.

The Astros' owner, Jim Crane, said that his team is looking for a "high-end starter", and while he didn't name names, he did say that said starter could come through a trade or free agency. This trade increases Cole's upside in the wins department, but the move to the American League may offset those potential gains. Cole is 59-42 overall with a career ERA of 3.50.

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

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Cole will strengthen one of the top staffs in the majors, as the Astros now employ Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel (foot) and the former Pirate.

Cole has also completed 734 strikeouts, with the most occurring in the 2015 season (202 strike outs).

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. Since his All-Star appearance in 2015, Gerrit Cole has been declining.


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