Astros trade for Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, reports says


ESPN Jerry Crasnick is saying that no deal is done for Cole and that a deal is "not imminent". Morosi added Cole's salary arbitration has yet to be resolved with a filing deadline of Friday, and that the Astros wanted to finalize a trade so "they can file at their number" rather than take on the Pirates' salary number.

Contrary to a prior report, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday that a trade to acquire Cole from the Pirates is not done and not imminent, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Yankees miss out on righthander Gerrit Cole.

Cole, 27, has two years remaining before free agency and was coveted by multiple teams - most notably the New York Yankees, who gained traction on a deal for Cole near the holidays before talks cooled. Instead, he will join an Astros staff that already included Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.

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Cole was drafted as the first overall selection by the Pirates in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

Cole has a 59-42 record and career 3.50 ERA with the Pirates, and has recorded 734 strikeouts.

The Yankees' rotation now includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and CC Sabathia.