Astros GM: 'Nothing imminent' in deal for Pirates RHP Cole

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The deal comes only a few days after owner Jim Crane went on the record saying his front office was working on acquiring a top starting pitcher.

Gerrit Cole won't be a Yankee after all.

Multiple reports surfaced Wednesday that a deal between Houston and Pittsburgh for Cole was imminent - if not complete - only to later be shot down by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow to the Houston Chronicle.

The Yankees had been in trade talks with the Pirates about Cole for several weeks.

Although Cole is coming off a mediocre season, the Yankees likely believed they could transform him into a strong starter by having the 27-year-old rely less on his fastball and more on his off-speed pitches.

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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. He is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in 127 career starts.

Pittsburgh selected Cole with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Cole turned heads in 2015 when he made the All-Star Game and posted sparkling numbers.

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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