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Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole in trade with Pittsburgh Pirates

Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole in trade with Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded right-hander Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros in exchange for third baseman Colin Moran and pitcher Joe Musgrove, a source confirms to FanRag Sports. Take a deep breath everyone, everything will be okay.

Cole has been the Pirates ace for the past several seasons.

The past two seasons A.J. Schugel has been an overlooked and undervalued member of the Pirate bullpen.

Prior to 2017, Cole had allowed only 36 home runs in 579.1 career innings pitched.

He joins a rotation fronted by former Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.

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

They accepted a package headlined by Musgrove, who is unproven as a starter in the major leagues. A first-round pick of the Marlins in 2013, Moran has appeared in 16 major league games, recording seven hits in 34 at-bats.

Prospect Jason Martin is also heading to Pittsburgh. His best season was 2015, when he went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA and 202 strikeouts.

The 27-year-old was the number one overall pick in 2011 by Pittsburgh and is twice a first-round pick as he was taken 28th overall by the New York Yankees in 2008. This past season, Cole went 12-12 with a career-high 4.26 ERA and led the National League with 33 starts.

The Astros made a big splash to improve their already strong rotation, while the Pirates acquired a handful of players with a lot of potential, but not a lot of results.

Feliz is a hard-throwing right-handed reliever who struck out 13.13 batters per nine innings in 46 appearances last season.

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