Pirates trade Yankees' target Gerrit Cole to Astros

Pirates trade Yankees' target Gerrit Cole to Astros

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole has been traded to the Houston Astros.

Musgrove, 25, was 7-8 with a 4.77 ERA in 38 appearances, 15 of them starts, last season for the Astros. Look for his ADP to tick up accordingly. 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.

"Trading Gerrit Cole was not an easy decision". He hit.308 with 18 home runs and 63 RBIs in 79 games with Triple-A Fresno. MLB.com's Jon Morosi even reported Wednesday the Pirates and Astros had agreed on a deal, though that turned out not to be the case at that time. If everything breaks right, the Astros are getting a gem here.

The World Series champion Astros add Cole, the former 19-game victor, to a rotation already armed with Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton.


Cole, 27, is in his second year of arbitration eligibility. He went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and made a career-high 33 starts in 2017.

After going 75-87 in 2017, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington made the call to deal Cole in an effort to bring in a strong package of talent for his team as it looks to avoid a significant drop-off when all those deals expire.

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