ESPN Jerry Crasnick is saying that no deal is done for Cole and that a deal is "not imminent".
From Pittsburgh's perspective, losing someone of Cole's caliber is hard to swallow, especially as a smaller-market team that doesn't always attract marquee free agents.
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"We have talked to several teams about possible trades", Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle.
Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA for the Pirates last season.
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The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Cole made his big-league debut in 2013.
The New York Yankees also are in talks to acquire Cole, but a source with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN that a deal is not close right now. The former All-Star's best season came back in 2015 when he posted a 19-8 record with a 2.60 ERA en route to finishing in the top five in Cy Young voting.
The Yankees' rotation now includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and CC Sabathia.
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