Astros win the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, acquire Pittsburgh's ace

Baseball Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!The Pittsburgh ace was traded — until he wasn't — on Wednesday, surrounded by a flurry of rumors that sent baseball fans into a frenzy. At the end of the ride, the Astros are the ones who get off the rollercoaster with a smile. MORE: Ranking 101 free agents of the 2018 offseasonSpeaking of rollercoasters, Cole's wife, Amy, probably Tweeted it the best.— Amy Cole (@amy_cole23) January 10, 2018In any case, here's how the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes panned out.Gerrit Cole trade rumorsSaturday, Jan. 13: We have a winner! Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that the Astros have landed Cole from the Pirates for Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove and more.Hearing Pirates and Astros have a trade. Sources say Musgrove and Moran to Pitt for Gerrit Cole.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 13, 2018Friday, Jan. 12: It seems as though the Cubs have entered the fray, according to Jon Heyman.cubs are a third team that's talked about gerrit cole lately. yanks and astros have more prospects, which may give them an edge. but pirates wouldn't mind getting players back, too.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 12, 20189:20 a.m.: To counter the earlier King report, .com's Mark Feinsand said not to count the Yankees out just yet in trade talks with the Pirates, via Network's "Hot Stove."Thursday, Jan. 11, 9:11 a.m.: Fox Sports' Jon Morosi says on Network's "Hot Stove" that a deal is still in the works, but a few days away. 2:00 p.m.: The New York Post's George A. King III reports that the Yankees had shut down talks with the Pirates over Gerrit Cole.1:36 p.m.: Rosenthal apologizes for the misunderstanding.Earlier I quoted a source saying Cole to #Astros was close. Clearly that is not the case. Had heard all morning there was significant momentum toward a trade, wi

th specific names under discussion. A deal surely remains possible. But I was mistaken to call it close at that time.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 10, 20181:14 p.m.: Fanrag Sports' Jon Heyman backs up Passan's report.getting the impression cole to astros isn't necessarily close, at least not at the moment. also heard last night there was another team trying for cole, too (not the yankees)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 10, 20181:04 p.m.: Passan isn't here for your flimsy rumors!Source: "No deal" for Gerrit Cole to Houston. "False rumor."As is the case with these things, talks could pick back up quickly. For now, though, Gerrit Cole to Houston is not happening.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 201812:52 p.m.: Here comes a new challenger! The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal confirms previous report from Morosi.Source confirms: Cole to #Astros close. First reported: @JonMorosi.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 10, 201812:25 p.m.: Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan shows up to throw cold water on the hot stove. The baseball world weeps.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) January 10, 201812:18 p.m.: And not but a half hour later…Source: #Astros and #Pirates have reached agreement on Gerrit Cole trade. @Network @— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 10, 201811:48 a.m.: Morosi says a trade is imminent.Sources: Gerrit Cole trade to #Astros imminent. @— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 10, 2018Wednesday, Jan. 10: It all started on Wednesday, Jan. 10 with Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. Gerrit Cole trade talks between #Astros and #Pirates are gaining momentum, according to @JesseSanchez. Latest @ story here: @Network— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 10, 2018

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