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

Jan 11, 2018, 00:32
MLB Rumors: Astros To Land Gerrit Cole In Trade Despite Yankees' Interest

Sources told the NY Daily News it was inevitable the Yankees would acquire Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in a trade, but this news has apparently not deterred the Astros, who have amped up their pursuit of the Pittsburgh pitcher.

Suddenly the New York Yankees could be could be back in the race.

Right now the Yankees have Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery in their rotation.

Cole will join the top of the rotation with Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel, along with Lance McCullers Jr., Charlie Morton and Brad Peacock as options. Passan says that doesn't mean nothing will happen, but it seems that the report of a deal in place was wrong.

Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 196/55 in 203 innings across 33 starts for the Pirates in 2017. 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.

The prospects changing hands in the deal are still unknown, but outfielder Derek Fisher was one of the names being discussed initially. As for the Pirates, a full rebuild could soon follow with stars Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison up next on the trade block.

At the Winter Meetings, the Pirates also fielded trade talks for Josh Harrison who also remains in Pittsburgh. A deal is likely to be done within the next couple days but could drag out past Friday's arbitration deadline.

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