Pirates Trade Gerrit Cole To The Astros

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly trading pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros.

The report comes after weeks of speculation that Cole could be headed to the New York Yankees.

Cole went 12-12 in 2017 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts.

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The Yankees were also rumored to be in on Cole, but ultimately came second in the sweepstakes for the 27-year-old.

The Astros would hope that Cole bounces back to his form from 2013-2016 when he had a 3.23 ERA over 579 1/3 innings of work. 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. His home-run rate spiked dramatically to 1.4 per nine after allowing 0.6 per nine for the first four years of his career. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2019 season.

The Astros entered this offseason coming off a World Series championship but owner Jim Crane said the team was actively searching for another member of its rotation. But this is a clear suggestion that the Pirates are in rebuild mode.

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