Gerrit Cole trade to the Houston Astros is 'imminent'

Gerrit Cole trade to the Houston Astros is 'imminent'

Yet Astros owner Jim Crane has been public in his desire to land another quality pitcher, telling MLB.com's Alyson Footer on Monday the team is "actively pursuing a high-end starter".

My first thoughts after seeing that video and tweet was they were gonna go all-in for pitcher Chris Archer from the Rays.

The Cole rumor is more explicit in terms of names, with Jeff Passan reporting the Pirates and Astros have discussed him as well as prospects Derek Fisher, Kyle Tucker, and Forrest Whitley.

The story, which revealed Cole was the team's top trade target a year ago before it settled on Justin Verlander, also mentioned free agents Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta as pieces the Astros could add.

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. Join the House of Houston team!

He would also provide the Astros, who will be looking to defend their World Series crown in 2018, a proven playoff starter considering he has a 3.94 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in three postseason appearances. 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.

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