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Cole, Yankees not happening?

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the proposed trade that would send Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole to the New York Yankees may not happen now. Passan said the deal “is neither close nor imminent.”

Earlier on Friday, SiriusXM’s Jim Bowden said that the deal was close. Yet, while both teams continue to talk, nothing appears to happen soon.

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole throwing a pitch (Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole throwing a pitch (Getty Images)

If the Pirates continue to want Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres in exchange for Cole, New York may go in another direction. The Pirates are expected to receive prospects in the proposed deal if it happens.

The Yankees have other prospects that the Pirates could settle on without Torres. Passan said the two teams are having a “staring contest.”

The 27-year-old was initially drafted by the Yankees in the first-round of the 2008 MLB Draft. However, after not signing with the team and electing to join the UCLA Bruins baseball team, he was the first overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pirates.

He made his debut with the Pirates on June 11th, 2013. This season, the right-handed starter went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA in 203 innings.

After three straight seasons with single-digit losses, he has gone 19-22 in the past two seasons. In five career seasons, he has a 59-42 record with a 3.50 ERA in 782 1/3 innings.

He made $3.75 million this season and will be arbitration eligible 2 in 2018. For the third time, he will be arbitration eligible in 2019, before becoming a free agent in 2010.

According to Baseball Reference, he is projected to go 11-10 with a 3.95 ERA with 173 innings.

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