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

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported a trade is "imminent" after he and his colleague Jesse Sanchez reported talks were "picking up steam" and had "intensified in the past 24 hours". The Astros and Pirates were also discussing outfielder Kyle Tucker, but top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley was believed to be untouchable according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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

Cole went 12-12 in 2017 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts. The Astros were rumored to be interested in Cole during the season past year, but couldn't make a deal before the trade deadline.

Cole's 2018 contract is still up in the air with him being arbitration eligible.

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros have clearly stated this winter that they're looking for a front-line starting pitcher. Cole completes a very strong rotation behind Justin Verlander and provides insurance should Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers struggle with injuries again next season.

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