Pirates Trade Gerrit Cole to Astros

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit. The Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm acquiring Cole

Pirates deal Gerrit Cole to Astros for four players, including pitcher Joe Musgrove

If he is unable to find success in Pittsburgh as a starter, he has already established that he can be a dominant reliever (1.26 ERA in 35.2 innings), so the Pirates have a nice fallback option. So to recap.... after long weeks of agonizing rumors, Gerrit Cole is a Pirate no more. He was highly sought out this winter by multiple teams - most notably the New York Yankees. For several hours Wednesday, Twitter crackled with reports that a deal to send Cole to Houston was imminent.

The players the Pirates got in return for Cole is a bit underwhelming. Huntington is considering trade offers for other veterans, such as outfielder Andrew McCutchen and multi-purpose infielder Josh Harrison.

The Astros are adding Cole to a rotation that ranked sixth in the majors last season in ERA, WHIP, strikeout percentage and opponent batting average.

Then suddenly on Saturday it was announced that Cole was in fact being traded to the Astros in a five player deal.

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The youngest player is Martin who at age 22 split time between High-A and Double-A.

Moran, 25, is the Astros' fifth best prospect and is likely looked at as the third baseman of the future for the Pirates. Evans will push for Greubel Poser, a combination that earned the US a bronze medal at the Sochi Games four years ago.

In 79 games last season at Triple-A Fresno, Moran hit.308 with a.916 OPS.

Martin is a left-handed hitting outfielder selected in the eighth round of the 2013 draft.

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Feliz, 24, has appeared in 98 games over the past three seasons. The Astros were able to acquire Justin Verlander last season minutes before the trade deadline passed. If everything breaks right, the Astros are getting a gem here.

Musgrove could take over Cole's spot in the rotation.

He made $3.75 million in 2017 and avoided salary arbitration on Friday with a $6.75 million deal for 2018. In his career, he is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA.

Injuries checked Cole to 21 starts in 2016, but he rebounded past year and was one of just 15 pitchers in the majors to work 200-plus innings. Last season, he posted a career-worst 4.26 ERA in 203 innings over 33 starts.

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