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Gerrit Cole | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (1) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Astros acquired RHP Gerrit Cole from the Pirates for RHP Joe Musgrove, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Michael Feliz and OF Jason Martin.
The deal was reported to be done earlier in the week but hit a snag, and had gone quiet in recent days. Apparently the chasm wasn't wide enough to still not get it done, giving the Astros another stud in a rotation full of them. Cole put up a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts last year but has consistently been one of the league's best starters in recent years. Jan 13 - 7:13 PM

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Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports the Astros and Pirates have agreed upon a deal to send Gerrit Cole to the Astros for starter Joe Musgrove, third baseman Colin Moran and more.

If true, it's a fairly underwhelming return for the former No. 1 overall pick and the team's ace in recent years, although it's unknown what the additional piece or pieces might be. Of course, his huge talent has rarely matched up with his output, including a 2017 season in which Cole posted a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts. Cole will make $6.75 million in 2018 and is under team control through the 2019 season.
Jan 13 - 6:21 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are one team "that's talked about Gerrit Cole lately."

It's unclear whether they've had any real discussions with the Pirates at this point. The Cubs pursuing Cole could be tricky since they'd be dealing with a division rival and also because their farm system isn't in as good of shape as other clubs that have talked to Pittsburgh. However, as Heyman notes, Chicago does have players on their major league roster they could deal.
Jan 12 - 4:47 PM

Pirates and RHP Gerrit Cole avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million contract.

The big right-hander was eligible for arbitration for the second time this offseason. Cole has been a popular trade target this winter.
Jan 12 - 1:39 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Astros are still engaged in talks for Gerrit Cole, but also looking at possible alternatives on the trade block and free agent market.

Nightengale doesn't say who those alternatives might be, so it could be a wide variety of available pitchers. With the moves made so far -- or lack thereof -- everything is still on the table. That could mean a possible deal with free agent Yu Darvish, a player the Astros were linked to in December. These things can change at a moment's notice, but it sounds like Houston isn't all that close to making the big splash we thought would happen Wednesday afternoon.
Jan 10 - 4:05 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, there is "no deal" between the Pirates and Astros on a Gerrit Cole trade.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Wednesday afternoon that the Pirates and Astros had reached agreement on a trade that would send Cole to Houston, but Passan's source calls it a "false rumor." Astros GM Jeff Luhnow echoed this sentiment in a quote to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, acknowledging that the club has "talked to several teams about possible trades" but "at this point, nothing is imminent." This offseason remains stuck in mud.
Jan 10 - 1:07 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirms that the Pirates and Astros have reached agreement on a Gerrit Cole trade.

No word yet on what the Pirates will get in return, though Kyle Tucker, Forrest Whitley, Derek Fisher, and Colin Moran are among the names that have been floated. Cole posted an underwhelming 4.26 ERA over 203 innings with Pittsburgh in 2017, but he had some wretched luck with fly balls that turned into home runs and the 27-year-old right-hander makes for a good bounceback candidate in a Houston rotation that will rank among the best in the league. Cole held a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016. For what it's worth, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow is currently denying that a trade has been agreed upon.
Jan 10 - 12:16 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that a trade sending Gerrit Cole to the Astros is "imminent."

Kyle Tucker, Forrest Whitley, and Derek Fisher are among the names that have been floated as possible centerpieces that could head to Pittsburgh in return. Tucker and Whitley are the Astros' top two prospects and Fisher has posted big numbers in the minor leagues, though he struggled in his first taste of MLB action last season. It sounds like there will be something official soon.
Jan 10 - 11:51 AM

According to's Jesse Sanchez, the Astros' pursuit of Pirates starter Gerrit Cole is "picking up steam."

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Monday that the Astros were engaged in talks with the Pirates about Cole and now it sounds like an agreement could be getting close. Sanchez says this momentum has built over "the past 24 hours." Cole struggled to a 4.26 ERA in 203 innings with the Bucs in 2017, but he had a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016 and the 27-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through the 2019 season. He has also drawn trade interest this winter from the Yankees, Rangers, Twins, Brewers, and Orioles.
Jan 10 - 11:23 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Astros have engaged the Pirates on a potential Gerrit Cole trade.

This report comes on the heels of a comment from Astros owner Jim Crane stating that the team expects to add a "high-end starter" before heading to spring training. Cole had been drawing heavy trade interest from the Yankees, but New York has not been able to match up with the Pirates on a deal that makes sense for both sides. Passan says Houston has floated outfielder Derek Fisher in a possible return package for Cole but adds that one of Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley -- the Astros' top two prospects -- would probably have to be included.
Jan 8 - 1:23 PM

Bob Klapisch, formerly of the Bergen Record, reports that the Yankees are currently "nowhere" on a potential Gerrit Cole trade.

Klapish adds that the Yankees "were actually never close" to a deal with the Pirates and that the team's rotation "is set for now." There's been a lot of smoke with the Yankees and Cole, so it's hard to rule out something eventually happening, but whatever momentum there might have been certainly seems to have stalled at the very least. Cole is under team control through 2019.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a trade sending Gerrit Cole to the Yankees "is neither close nor imminent."

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM and The Athletic reported earlier Friday that a deal was close, but Passan and multiple others are hearing that while the Yanks and Pirates remain engaged, it doesn't appear a trade will go down soon. It sounds like the Yankees will probably move on if the Pirates insist on top prospect Gleyber Torres being involved in the deal, but New York should have enough in their farm system to make something work without Torres. Passan says the two clubs are in "a staring contest."
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 12:18:00 PM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM and The Athletic reports that the Yankees are close to acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pirates in a trade.

Bowden says that top prospect Gleyber Torres will not be part of the package sent to the Pirates. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that the Pirates were "highly motivated" to trade Cole and that it was "a matter of when rather than if" he was dealt to the Yankees. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Mark Feinsand of have since pumped the brakes on any momentum toward a trade, but Bowden is hearing that the two sides are about to cross the finish line. Stay tuned.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 10:54:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "there has been no positive movement in recent days" on trade talks with the Yankees and Pirates regarding Gerrit Cole.

Heyman says the Pirates have been asking for top prospect Gleyber Torres in a trade, which the Yankees understandably have been hesitant to agree to.'s Mark Feinsand is also hearing that there's no current momentum toward a deal, which is different than what Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday. While Cole does appear to be at the top of the Yankees' pitcher wish list, they could move on to a free agent like Yu Darvish or Alex Cobb if they're turned off by the Pirates' asking price. Passan reported Thursday that the Pirates are "highly motivated" to trade Cole and even if the Yanks stand firm on not giving up Torres, "there’s enough to work with that a deal seems likely." However, it doesn't sound like anything is imminent.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 08:48:00 AM

A source told Yahoo's Jeff Passan that it's "a matter of when rather than if" the Yankees and Pirates come together on a deal for Gerrit Cole.

There haven't really been any reports of other suitors for Cole, which seems rather odd. The Yankees don't fit quite as well with the Pirates as other teams might, since they're believed to be offering around Clint Frazier and the Pirates have a bigger need in the infield. Still, the Yankees do have plenty of expendable talent, and if no one else steps up, a deal seems likely. If Frazier is involved in a Cole swap, one imagines an Andrew McCutchen trade wouldn't be far behind.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 09:10:00 PM

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