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Yankees not out of the Gerrit Cole hunt yet

11 January 2018

In five years with the Pirates, Cole has a 59-42 record with a 3.50 ERA, averaging 156 innings a season in 127 starts.

Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle Wednesday afternoon that he's "talked to several teams about possible trades" but said "at this point, nothing is imminent".

The Yankees were also considered to be interested in Cole's services but contract talks with the Pirates fell off and never resumed.

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Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Cole turned heads in 2015 when he made the All-Star Game and posted sparkling numbers. He didn't flinch under the pressure and posted a 2.45 ERA in those contests. He finished with a career-worst 4.26 ERA in 2017 and career-worst 1.44 WHIP in 2016.

Cole does not become a free agent until 2019.

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The defending World Series champion Houston Astros have clearly stated this winter that they're looking for a front-line starting pitcher.

The Pirates aren't realistic World Series contenders this year, so any return pieces will help restock the organization as it builds toward the future.

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Yankees not out of the Gerrit Cole hunt yet