Cole to Houston also would be a tough blow for the New York Yankees, as the New York Daily News reported Monday that the Bronx Bombers landing the one-time All-Star was "inevitable." Cole did top 200 innings for the second time in 2017 and also saw his strikeout numbers tick back up close to one per inning. Morosi added Cole's salary arbitration has yet to be resolved with a filing deadline of Friday, and that the Astros wanted to finalize a trade so "they can file at their number" rather than take on the Pirates' salary number.
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In the postseason, Cole has a 1-2 record in three games started. Looking ahead to 2018, Cole will likely slide in as Houston's third starter, but he's a fine addition as an SP2 in 15-team leagues. It's less clear how badly the Pirates need outfield prospects given the presence of Austin Meadows, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. Instead, he will join an Astros staff that already included Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.