Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole from Pirates

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The Yankees miss out on righthander Gerrit Cole.

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a trade that will send the 27-year-old right-hander to the defending world champion Astros.

Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle Wednesday afternoon that he's "talked to several teams about possible trades" but said "at this point, nothing is imminent".

This trade is the latest in a series of aggressive, focused moves by the Astros.


Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA for the Pirates last season. Instead, he will join an Astros staff that already included Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.

The Pirates drafted Cole in 2011, using their first overall selection to do so. He finished with a 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 32 starts and 208 innings, all of which were career bests.

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."

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