Astros GM: 'Nothing imminent' in deal for Pirates RHP Cole

Posted January 11, 2018

MLB Network's Jon Morosi was first to report that the teams have agreed to terms on a trade. Pittsburgh's return for the pitcher has yet to be revealed.

Monday, Astros owner Jim Crane acknowledged the team was "actively pursuing a high-end starter" and Cole is certainly available, with the rebuilding Pirates looking to move Cole, along with Andrew McCutchen and perhaps Josh Harrison.

The New York Post also reported the trade.

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Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA for the Pirates last season.

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Cole also contributed to Pittsburgh's 2013 postseason run, making two October starts as a rookie.

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However, the right-handed hurler has slipped some in recent years. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2019 season.

Acquiring Cole would bolster the Astros' already stellar starting rotation, as Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton all are under contract for the defending World Series champions in 2018.

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.

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