The Houston Astros want another World Series championship and they showed just how much on Wednesday as the team from Texas made a blockbuster with the Pittsburgh Pirates to add ACE Gerrit Cole.
It was early on Wednesday that Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, reported that trade talks for Cole were heating up and there could be a move very soon.
A few hours later it was MLB.com insider Jon Morosi who reported that trade was now imminent and it was only a matter of time.
Ken Rosenthal, another MLB Insider, quickly confirmed Morosi's report saying things were close.
Minutes after Morosi made it official that the Astros and Pirates had reached an agreement for Cole.
There are no more details on the trade, especifically who is headed to Pittsburgh but one thing Morosi mentioned was the urgency Astros had to get a deal done.
According to Morosi, Cole is set for his second year in arbitration and the Astros wanted to place their own price on Cole and not inherit a certain salary.
On the other side of things, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, indicated his sources advised caution as a deal was not done yet as Cole had not been informed of a move, but that generally this type of situation "winds up with a deal being consummated".
While a number of parties figure the Gerrit Cole-to-Astros deal will get done, multiple sources are cautioning that it's not there yet. Cole has not been informed of a trade to Houston. Generally, this sort of thing winds up with a deal being consummated. Just not at this point.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) 10 de enero de 2018
Bob Nightengale of USA Today, informed that Cole and his agent were still waiting on a official call of a trade.
Cole would be joining one of baseball's best rotations with Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers.
Cole, 27, is entering his second year of arbitration and is under team control for two more seasons before hitting free agency ahead of the 2020 campaign. After debuting in 2013, he has gone 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 8.4 K/9 over 127 starts. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting in 2015, going 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA.