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Astros trade for Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, reports says

Astros trade for Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, reports says

During the 2017 season, Cole posted a 4.26 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, while holding a 196:55 K:BB over 203 innings (33 starts).

Cole, who is under team control for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, is in his second year of arbitration eligibility.

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

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a 3.50 ERA in 127 career starts. However, the Pirates may not have been able to re-sign him when he eventually hit free agency, so they ensured they landed something in return for the ace.

While the Pirates focus on the future, Houston can turn its attention toward its World Series defense with another formidable pitcher in tow. 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. But this is a clear suggestion that the Pirates are in rebuild mode.


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