Astros acquire Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole in trade

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

15 January, 2018

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman first reported the details of the deal.

Cole, the ace of the Pittsburgh staff, went 12-12 for the Pirates in 2017 with a 4.26 ERA, a down year by his standards. Cole will slide into a rotation that features Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton. It was also the first season in which he was able to pitch 200+ innings, a feat he has accomplished twice in his career.

Even with those lackluster stats last season, Cole is the kind of pitcher the Astros can afford to take a chance on.

Moran, 25, has appeared in 16 games at the Major League Baseball level over the last two seasons.

Cole will make $6.75 million this season after settling with the Pirates in arbitration, and he'll be eligible for arbitration again year after next season.

The New York Yankees had been among the teams mentioned in recent trade speculation involving Cole.

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

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2015 was Cole's best year to date, with sterling marks in almost every metric one chooses to judge pitching. He went 3-for-11 in minimal major league action.

Moran was drafted with the sixth overall pick in 2013 by the Miami Marlins.

Cole probably is only the first domino to fall for the Pirates, who have triggered another roster retooling phase.

With Cole gone, Jameson Taillon and Ivan Nova will anchor the rotation ahead of Trevor Williams and Chad Kuhl.

Martin, a 22-year-old who can play all three outfield positions, batted.278 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI in 125 games between High-A and Double-A this past season. The Astros had the 11th-best team ERA in 2017. Additionally, he averaged 8.69 strikeouts per nine innings with a 3.1 fWAR - the second-best mark of his career.

This also indicates the Pirates are indeed going to retool for 2018, with Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen the next to go.

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