Astros to acquire right-hander Gerrit Cole


The Pirates announced Saturday that they acquired right-handed relief pitcher Michael Feliz, outfielder Jason Martin, third baseman Colin Moran and right-handed starting pitcher Joe Musgrove from the Houston Astros in exchange for Gerrit Cole.

Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown first reported the news. This past season, Cole went 12-12 with a career-high 4.26 ERA and led the National League with 33 starts. After missing nearly two months of action, Moran returned to the Major League team in September and appeared in five games prior to the postseason.

Musgrove and Feliz both made appearances with the Astros last season.

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Martin, 22, was an eighth-round pick in 2013.

Drafted sixth overall out of UNC back in 2013, Moran has spent the majority of his five professional seasons in the minor leagues, where he's compiled a.290 batting average with 48 home runs and 279 RBIs.

Cole, 27, is in his second year of arbitration eligibility.

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On Friday, Cole avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal worth $6.75 million. He improved both his strikeout and walk rates past year, and the move to Minute Maid Park is an upgrade for Cole, both in terms of run prevention and strikeouts.

This is a win for the Astros and for Cole and a clear sign the Pirates are beginning to rebuild.

This is a huge trade for the reigning World Series champion Astros who land another frontline starter to the rotation that already includes Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers.

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On his day, Cole could be a top 10 pitcher.