Pirates ace Gerrit Cole traded to Astros

Gerrit Cole Pirates Astros

The Yankees engaged the Pirates last month about Cole, but they were unwilling to surrender top prospects Gleyber Torres and Estevan Florial in the deal, instead discussing Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar and Chance Adams. Morosi added Cole's salary arbitration has yet to be resolved with a filing deadline of Friday, and that the Astros wanted to finalize a trade so "they can file at their number" rather than take on the Pirates' salary number.

From Pittsburgh's perspective, losing someone of Cole's caliber is hard to swallow, especially as a smaller-market team that doesn't always attract marquee free agents.

The Houston Astros and the Pittsburgh Pirates reached an agreement Wednesday over a trade involving Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, according to a report.

Cole's wife, Amy, summed up the day by posting video of a roller-coaster ride on Twitter.




The Yankees were also considered to be interested in Cole's services but contract talks with the Pirates fell off and never resumed.

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

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Cole made his big-league debut in 2013.

Cole, though, would give the Yankees a more proven arm, though one that doesn't come without some concern.

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