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Pirates sign deal with Cole after trade talk

From ESPN - January 12, 2018

PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole remains a Pittsburgh Pirate. For now, at least.

The Pirates and their top starting pitcher avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal worth $6.75 million on Friday. Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA while making a career-high 33 starts in 2017. He has one year of arbitration remaining and could command a hefty salary bump in 2019, one of the reasons the Pirates have explored trading him in recent weeks.

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