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The Chicago Cubs have reportedly reached out to the Pittsburgh Pirates to discuss a potential trade for starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.

On Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports noted the Cubs joined the New York Yankees and Houston Astros as clubs in talks with the Buccos about the 2015 All-Star selection. 

Rob Biertempfel‏ of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported earlier Friday that Cole and the Pirates came to terms on a one-year, $6.75 million deal to avoid arbitration.

Now the question is whether the 27-year-old right-hander, who’s under team control through 2019, will stay in Pittsburgh after signing the contract. He’s been frequently mentioned in the rumor mill throughout the offseason, with the Yankees and Astros the two most commonly discussed destinations.

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