Gerrit Cole Traded to Astros for Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, More

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

To the victors go the spoils, with the defending World Series champion Houston Astros reportedly agreeing to a trade for Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow. Sports-was the first to report the news, with The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal later reporting that the Astros sent right-handed pitcher Michael Feliz to Pittsburgh alongside Moran and reliever Joe Musgrove.

Cole, 27, is coming off a down season in which he posted a career-worst 4.26 ERA, but he is under team control for two more seasons.

Moran, 25, is a natural third baseman who also can play first base and shortstop.

Moran, 25, hit.364 (4x11) with a homer and three RBI in seven games for the Astros in 2017.

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Musgrove pitched in 38 games (15 starts) last season for the Astros and went 7-8 with a 4.77 ERA. He had a breakout 2017 campaign in the minors, slashing.308/.373/.542 with 18 home runs in 73 games at Triple-A Fresno.

Martin, 22, was an eighth-round pick in 2013. He has one year of arbitration remaining and could command a hefty salary bump in 2019, one of the reasons the Pirates had explored trading him in recent weeks.

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, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Reports were that the Yankees would have been willing to include ex-top prospect Clint Frazier, a 23-year-old left fielder blocked Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, in a deal for Cole.

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