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Major League Baseball trade rumors: Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates

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According to MLB.com, Houston has acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pirates.

MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi said in a series of tweets that the clubs reached an agreement, and are working to beat Friday's trading deadline. 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. However, Passan pointed out the Pirates would want either outfielder Kyle Tucker or pitcher Forrest Whitley in the hypothetical trade-the Nos. Instead, he will join an Astros staff that already included Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.

The 27-year-old Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA for the Pirates last season.

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Pittsburgh selected Cole with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. The former All-Star's best season came back in 2015 when he posted a 19-8 record with a 2.60 ERA en route to finishing in the top five in Cy Young voting.

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. NY also has been linked in media reports to free agents Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb.

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