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Astros close to acquiring Gerrit Cole

By on January 10, 2018

A prominent right-hander is on the move.

According to reports, the Houston Astros are on the verge of acquiring veteran starter Gerrit Cole

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports noted late last week the Pirates asking price for Cole is said to centre around either Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley, and possibly include outfielder Derek Fisher.

Cole, 27, was selected by the Pirates 28th overall in the 2008 MLB Draft, and has spent the past five seasons in the majors. In 2017, he posted a 12-12 record to go a long with a career-worst 4.26 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 33 starts and 203.1 innings pitched.

Despite his less than stellar campaign, Cole had finished each of the four previous seasons with an ERA under 3.90. He is also two years removed from a season where he finished with an 19-8 record and made his first MLB All-Star Game.

Adding Cole to an already potent rotation consisting of former CY Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel will solidify them as World Series favourites moving forward.

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