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Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole from Pirates

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The Houston Astros reportedly made a major addition to their pitching staff Wednesday, trading for Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Pittsburgh's return for the pitcher has yet to be revealed.

This trade is the latest in a series of aggressive, focused moves by the Astros.

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Shortly after, FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal, who previously said a deal was "close", appeared to walk back his claim. Passan did note that "generally, this sort of thing winds up with a deal being consummated". He was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 203.0 inning pitched in 2017. He has a 3.50 ERA in 127 career starts. He is only two seasons removed from a 19-8, 2.60 campaign in 2015, and he's still just 27, so adding him would go a long way toward strengthening either club's rotation. 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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