Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole from Pirates

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Earlier this offseason the Yankees were said to be pushing to acquire Gerrit Cole from the Pirates.

Per Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, there is "no deal" in place for Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole to be traded to the Houston Astros. This trade increases Cole's upside in the wins department, but the move to the American League may offset those potential gains.

Passan reports that Houston is dangling outfielder Derek Fisherin the talks, although he says the Pirates would want more, which makes sense.

Whether it's Dallas Keuchel, Verlander, and Cole or Keuchel, Verlander, and Darvish at the top of the Astros' rotation in 2018, they're going to have a formidable group.

Pittsburgh selected Cole with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. His best season came in 2015 when he went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA, 1.091 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 32 starts.

The Astros would hope that Cole bounces back to his form from 2013-2016 when he had a 3.23 ERA over 579 1/3 innings of work. They have reportedly discussed trading with the Detroit Tigers for Michael Fulmer, with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Patrick Corbin and with the Kansas City Royals for Danny Duffy.

The New York Post also reported the trade.

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