Monday, 15 October, 2018

Pirates Trade Gerrit Cole to Astros

Pirates deal Gerrit Cole to Astros for four players, including pitcher Joe Musgrove Sources: Astros to acquire right-hander Gerrit Cole
Rita Gibson | 14 January, 2018, 08:18

Cole should immediately slot into the Astros rotation alongside Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and World Series hero Charlie Morton.

Cole is in his second year of arbitration eligibility, and players and management are set to swap salary figures Friday.

A few days before Christmas, there was speculation that Cole was headed to the New York Yankees. He had one year of arbitration remaining and was likely to command a huge raise in 2019, one of the reasons the Pirates had considered trading him.

Not long after the Astros spent the afternoon at a jam-packed Minute Maid Park for the annual Fanfest, general manager Jeff Luhnow was able to finalize a major trade to land starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pirates.

Luhnow characterized Cole's acquisition as having a "significant cost" because the Astros "love" the four players they're giving up.

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Now, there's another intriguing arm in Cole added to the rotation.

Feliz, 24, went 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 46 relief appearances with the Astros last season, drawing his career numbers to 12-3 with a 5.13 ERA in parts of three seasons in Houston. Third baseman Moran, who can undoubtedly help carry some of the load for David Freese in light of the continued uncertainty regarding Jung Ho Kang, had a great year in the minors, Heyman said, before suffering a concussion after getting the call-up.

The package going to Pittsburgh is led by pitcher Joe Musgrove and infielder Colin Moran. "We just happen to have someone in front of him". He struck out 196 batters along the way.

Moran was drafted with the sixth overall pick in 2013 by the Miami Marlins. The 22-year-old batted.278 with 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases last season split between Class A Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi.

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