According to Jeff Passan, a new team has entered the Gerrit Cole trade talks, which have been fairly quiet recently. Passan says that the Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates have talked about a possible deal.

https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/950431207069749251

As the tweet from Passan says, outfielder Derek Fisher is a name that has been mentioned, although it doesn't say exactly who mentioned it, so it just appears to be speculation at this point. Passan feels that he wouldn't be enough to be a centerpiece in any deal. The 24-year-old Fisher made his big league debut in 2017, hitting .212/.307/.356 in 53 games.

To add on to this rumor, Jim Crane, who owns the Astros, told media today that they are actively pursuing a top-end starting pitcher and that could come from a trad...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.