Yankees not out of the Gerrit Cole hunt yet

Lance Mc Cullers greets fans

He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2019 season.

Now, according to multiple reports, the Astros are on the verge of landing Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.

The Yankees miss out on righthander Gerrit Cole. The Astros would appear set to open the season with a rotation of Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, Cole, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton if the trade is completed.

They also have been linked in trade talks with Arizona for Patrick Corbin, as well as free agent Yu Darvish, though it seems almost impossible for the Yankees to be able to sign Darvish and stick to their goal of staying under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold this season.

Cole was drafted as the first overall selection by the Pirates in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. Now a deal is in place for Cole who compiled a 4.26 ERA over 203 innings last season.

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

The Yankees' rotation now includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and CC Sabathia. His home-run rate spiked dramatically to 1.4 per nine after allowing 0.6 per nine for the first four years of his career.

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