Gerrit Cole trade to the Houston Astros is 'imminent'

Gerrit Cole trade to the Houston Astros is 'imminent'

Gerrit Cole trade to the Houston Astros is 'imminent'

Jon Morosi, columnist for, tweeted Wednesday afternoon the Astros and Pirates reached an agreement, citing unnamed sources.

In contrast, the Yankees could include outfielder Clint Frazier, who is now blocked by Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, or Chance Adams, who very well could have to wait to see time at the major league level with all of the talent NY has in their rotation. Passan says that doesn't mean nothing will happen, but it seems that the report of a deal in place was wrong.

The prospects changing hands in the deal are still unknown, but outfielder Derek Fisher was one of the names being discussed initially. The Pirates aren't the Marlins.

Cole, who is under team control for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, is in his second year of arbitration eligibility.

The Astros won the World Series in 2017, and now they'll also have the benefit of a full season of Justin Verlander after acquiring him in August.

As for the Yankees, they traded Dustin Fowler and Jorge Mateo for Sonny Gray at the trade deadline.

There was belief among baseball people that GM Brian Cashman would only make the trade on his own terms, meaning no Gleyber Torres and most likely including Clint Frazier and one of his pitching prospects, like Chance Adams.

It should also be noted the Astros have been in on Cole for a while.

Quickly rumors spread of interest in Pirates right hander Gerrit Cole. He is still only 27 years old and has time to mature still.

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