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Sport MLB trade rumors: Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates

19:35  10 january  2018
19:35  10 january  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

MLB rumors: Astros owner says team is 'actively pursuing' high-end starter

  MLB rumors: Astros owner says team is 'actively pursuing' high-end starter The Astros are in the market for a top-end starting pitcher.Crane confirmed Monday that the Astros are "actively pursuing" a high-end starting pitcher to help bolster an already strong rotation.

Astros Acquire Gerrit Cole . By Connor Byrne | January 13, 2018 at 6:05pm CDT. Moran ranked as the Astros ’ fifth-best prospect prior to the trade , according to MLB .com, which lauds “his pure left-handed swing and his ability to barrel balls easily while controlling the strike zone.”

MLB Trade Rumors . Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates . New, 8 comments.

The Astros have acquired the top-end starter team owner Jim Crane wanted.

According to MLB.com, Houston has acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pirates. It has not been reported who the deal is for yet.

Houston tried to get Cole prior to the 2017 trade deadline, but they were unable to do so. Instead, they "settled" for Justin Verlander in a trade prior to the waiver deadline.

Cole is coming off the worst year of his career with the Pirates as he posted a 4.26 ERA and allowed a .254 batting average against.

a baseball player wearing a helmet: Gerrit Cole © (Getty Images) Gerrit Cole

However, the 2011 No. 1 overall pick still has top-of-the-rotation stuff with a fastball in the upper-90s and a plus curveball and changeup.

MLB trade rumors: Astros now in on Gerrit Cole as Yankees still in pursuit

  MLB trade rumors: Astros now in on Gerrit Cole as Yankees still in pursuit Some scouts have said it's a matter of "when" not "if" the Yankees will acquire Gerrit Cole, but the Astros are not giving up.According to Yahoo Sports, the Astros have engaged in talks with the Pirates to acquire Cole, and while many scouts told the NY Daily News they believe the Yankees will be the team to get him, they openly admit the Astros have the assets to get a deal done too.

Mlb trade RUMORS wrote about a RUMOR ??!! How dare they do such a thing. Everyone thought Cole was on the move. When someone reports “ Astros acquire Gerrit Cole ” Pirates probably got a few of The Astros top prospects.

The Astros and Pirates swung a major trade yesterday, with the World Series champions acquiring Gerrit Cole in exchange for a package of four players (Joe Musgrove, Michael Feliz, Colin Moran, Jason Martin).

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

Cole does not become a free agent until 2019.

Gerrit Cole gets in dig at Pirates ownership, management .
The former Pirates ace said, "it’s refreshing to come to an environment where the team is willing to … put resources into the club."“It’s really special,” Cole said at the media conference. “Obviously, the organization puts — values me very high, and that always feels good as a player. And it’s refreshing to come to an environment where the team is willing to continually put resources into the club and continue to move forward and try to provide the best possible product for its fans.

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