Astros acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates, trade complete?

Brian Cashman will trade for Gerrit Cole but only on his terms

Brian Cashman will trade for Gerrit Cole but only on his terms

Ken Rosenthal also confirms Morosi's report. Cole is 59-42 overall with a career ERA of 3.50. This is not a one-year rental, and Houston landed a proven arm who is just 27 years old.

Monday, Astros owner Jim Crane acknowledged the team was "actively pursuing a high-end starter" and Cole is certainly available, with the rebuilding Pirates looking to move Cole, along with Andrew McCutchen and perhaps Josh Harrison.

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In the postseason, Cole has a 1-2 record in three games started. He struck out 103 while allowing only two home runs in 90 innings against the Cubs.

Though Cole is coming off his worst season - 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts - he is capable of being an elite starter. 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. 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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