The Astros are thinking about Gerrit Cole or Yu Darvish

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole

The Yankees miss out on righthander Gerrit Cole.

Yahoo Sports reported a trade between the Pirates and the Astros would have to include either outfielder Kyle Tucker, who is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline, or Forrest Whitley, who is ranked No. 36.

The Houston Astros' have reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a trade for right-hander Gerrit Cole, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Wednesday, citing sources. Cole actually hasn't been a high-end starter except for in one season of his career, in 2015 when he threw 208 innings with a 2.60 ERA: in the last two seasons, Cole has produced a 103 ERA+ - just above league-average - and thrown 319 innings. There is a lot of room for improvement there which can be fixed so I think Cole would be better as a member of Astros than if he were with the Pirates.

In five years with the Pirates, Cole has a 59-42 record with a 3.50 ERA, averaging 156 innings a season in 127 starts.

Fellow Houston hurler Lance McCullers Jr. seemed excited by the reports that Cole might join an already solid rotation that also boasts Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel.

If the trade does goes through, the trade would bolster an already-stacked rotation in Houston that includes two-time Cy Young award-winner Justin Verlander and 2015 victor Dallas Keuchel.

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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