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Pirates Trade Pitcher Gerrit Cole To Houston Astros

11 January, 2018, 06:12 | Author: Christina Hansen
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Contrary to a prior report, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday that a trade to acquire Cole from the Pirates is not done and not imminent, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported on Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to trade the 27-year-old pitcher to the 2017 World Series champion.

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McCullers is saying the deal "is over" and official and he's pumped to have Cole aboard.

It was not immediately clear who the Astros will trade for Cole.

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Cole was the Yankees' first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2008 draft, but opted to play at UCLA. He is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in 127 career starts. His best season came in 2015 when he went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA, 1.091 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 32 starts.

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

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Cole does not become a free agent until 2019. He helped lead the Pirates to the postseason, but he coughed up four earned runs in five innings during a loss against the Chicago Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game.

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