Pirates trade pitcher Gerrit Cole to Houston Astros

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this is certainly a shock: Jeff Passan hears from a source that there is no deal in place for Gerrit Cole and that all of this was a "false rumor".

If the Yankees really want Gerrit Cole, it may not be too late: The Astros GM said that a deal for the Pirates righthander isn't "imminent", despite previous reports saying one was almost done.

Morosi tweeted that talks between the Astros and the Pirates were "imminent".

There has been no word yet on what the Pirates will receive from the Astros.

Gerrit Cole was drafted by the Pirates with the first overall pick in 2011, and spent the last 5 years as a starter in Pittsburgh.

Cole will strengthen one of the top staffs in the majors, as the Astros now employ Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel (foot) and the former Pirate. In addition, Cole has allowed 749 hits and 327 runs allowed. 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.

In 2013, specifically in September, Cole was named the NL Rookie of the Month.

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