Astros reportedly have talked Gerrit Cole trade with Pirates
The Houston Astros are looking for another ace, and one option they have explored is a trade for Gerrit Cole, according to a report.
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan tweeted Monday about the Astros’ pursuit of another top pitcher. He says signing Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta are options for Houston. A trade for Cole is another:
The Astros going after another frontline starter, as owner Jim Crane suggested they are today, makes sense with Dallas Keuchel hitting free agency after the 2018 season. Could be Gerrit Cole via trade. Could be Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta in free agency. Options are plentiful.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 8, 2018
The Pittsburgh Pirates are believed to have made Cole available. The Yankees have been tied to Cole all offseason, but no deal has been made.
No trade for Cole appears imminent, but this seems to be another indication that Houston is looking to add to its staff. This also seems to be another indication that the team is preparing to lose Dallas Keuchel after next season.