Gerrit Cole is going to the Houston Astros from the Pittsburgh Pirates on a deal that has been agreed to, per reports on the Tweetbox, which means we finally have some baseball activity to talk about in this frigid Hot Stove season. Jeff Passan cautions on Twitter that he hears a final deal hasn’t been agreed to,
Cole, the #1 overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Pirates, is two years away from free agency, and while there have been rumors about him for much of the offseason, the Pirates’ asking price was generally considered to be too high for him to be dealt. The Astros, it appears, disagree.
I have not seen anything about what the return is, but Forrest Whitley and Kyle Tucker are the names that would seem to be at the top of the Pirates’ list, though who knows if they are in the deal. I will update this with more info as it becomes available.
UPDATE — And now reports indicate there is no trade. Everyone stand down.