Astros talking to the Pirates about Gerrit Cole

  • Astros talking to the Pirates about Gerrit Cole

Astros talking to the Pirates about Gerrit Cole

MLB Network's Jon Morosi was first to report that the teams have agreed to terms on a trade.

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." Passan did note that "generally, this sort of thing winds up with a deal being consummated".

Cole is coming off a season where he posted a 12-12 record with a 4.26 ERA. He is only two seasons removed from a 19-8, 2.60 campaign in 2015, and he's still just 27, so adding him would go a long way toward strengthening either club's rotation. He has a 3.50 ERA in 127 career starts. Looking ahead to 2018, Cole will likely slide in as Houston's third starter, but he's a fine addition as an SP2 in 15-team leagues.

The Pirates aren't realistic World Series contenders this year, so any return pieces will help restock the organization as it builds toward the future.

The World Series Champion Houston Astros may have gotten even better today.