Gerrit Cole trade to the Houston Astros is 'imminent'

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Passan says that doesn't mean nothing will happen, but it seems that the report of a deal in place was wrong.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi was first to report that the teams have agreed to terms on a trade.

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.

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros have clearly stated this winter that they're looking for a front-line starting pitcher. Remember, the Yankees drafted Cole back in 2008 and were hot after him in December but the deal fell off. Houston and NY are both loaded with possible prospects.

Cole, who is under team control for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, is in his second year of arbitration eligibility.

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Cole, 27, pitched to a 12-12 record with a 4.26 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 33 starts last season.

Cole's best season was in 2015, when he was named a MLB All-Star player, and the National League Pitcher of the Month in April.

Cole will join the top of the rotation with Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel, along with Lance McCullers Jr., Charlie Morton and Brad Peacock as options.

The Astros would hope that Cole bounces back to his form from 2013-2016 when he had a 3.23 ERA over 579 1/3 innings of work.

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