'No deal' between Astros and Pirates on Gerrit Cole

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According to Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, the Astros and Pirates are close to a trade sending Gerrit Cole to Houston.

Cole to Houston also would be a tough blow for the New York Yankees, as the New York Daily News reported Monday that the Bronx Bombers landing the one-time All-Star was "inevitable."

Cole has a 59-42 record and career 3.50 ERA with the Pirates, and has recorded 734 strikeouts.

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This trade is the latest in a series of aggressive, focused moves by the Astros. He didn't flinch under the pressure and posted a 2.45 ERA in those contests. However, the Pirates may not have been able to re-sign him when he eventually hit free agency, so they ensured they landed something in return for the ace.

Gerrit Cole is not a member of the Houston Astros, at least not yet, after reports of the pitcher being traded were refuted or walked back. It's less clear how badly the Pirates need outfield prospects given the presence of Austin Meadows, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

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