Astros-Pirates trade for Gerrit Cole 'close'

Brian Cashman will trade for Gerrit Cole but only on his terms

Cole has not yet been informed of a deal, according to a person close to him.

Cole does not become a free agent until 2019.

This would be an major get for an Astros team that already boasts former Cy Young winners Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel atop its rotation.

Right now the Yankees have Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery in their rotation.

And they have more significant holes elsewhere on the roster, including second and third base, where they figure to go with Torres and Andujar if they don't make any other additions before spring training. This is not a one-year rental, and Houston landed a proven arm who is just 27 years old.




The Yankees had been in trade talks with the Pirates about Cole for several weeks.

The Pirates drafted Cole in 2011, using their first overall selection to do so.

Cole has pitched for the Pirates since 2013.

Gerrit Cole won't be a Yankee after all. He helped lead the Pirates to the postseason, but he coughed up four earned runs in five innings during a loss against the Chicago Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game.

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