Pirates Trade Pitcher Gerrit Cole To Houston Astros

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The Yankees miss out on righthander Gerrit Cole.

The Houston Astros have agreed to a deal for Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

There's been no confirmation from the Pirates about the trade, or compensation. Instead, he will join an Astros staff that already included Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.

Cole was drafted as the first overall selection by the Pirates in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

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In 5 years with the Pirates, Cole has gone 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA and 3.27 FIP in 127 career starts.

Although Cole is coming off a mediocre season, the Yankees likely believed they could transform him into a strong starter by having the 27-year-old rely less on his fastball and more on his off-speed pitches. 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.

The New York Yankees also are in talks to acquire Cole, but a source with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN that a deal is not close right now.

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