Gerrit Cole trade to the Houston Astros is 'imminent'

Doug Mendoza
January 11, 2018

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. Cole did top 200 innings for the second time in 2017 and also saw his strikeout numbers tick back up close to one per inning.

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.

While Cole's value is apparent given his 3.50 career ERA, he is also under team control through the 2019 season, per Spotrac.

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Though Cole is coming off his worst season - 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts - he is capable of being an elite starter.

When the Houston Astros won the World Series, people weren't just celebrating in Houston. The addition of Cole only makes it better as he would join a pitching staff that includes Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton. It's less clear how badly the Pirates need outfield prospects given the presence of Austin Meadows, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

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