Gerrit Cole trade to the Houston Astros is 'imminent'

11 January, 2018, 06:12 | Author: Anita Tucker
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The Yankees engaged the Pirates last month about Cole, but they were unwilling to surrender top prospects Gleyber Torres and Estevan Florial in the deal, instead discussing Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar and Chance Adams.

Cole does not become a free agent until 2019.

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Cole, though, would give the Yankees a more proven arm, though one that doesn't come without some concern.

Gerrit Cole may eventually end up being traded to the Astros, but conflicting reports indicated as of Wednesday afternoon that Houston had not reached a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the starting pitcher.

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The Yankees had been in trade talks with the Pirates about Cole for several weeks.

Pittsburgh selected Cole with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft.

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Cole to Houston also would be a tough blow for the New York Yankees, as the New York Daily News reported Monday that the Bronx Bombers landing the one-time All-Star was "inevitable." For his career, he is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA. He helped lead the Pirates to the postseason, but he coughed up four earned runs in five innings during a loss against the Chicago Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game.

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