Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole traded to Astros in 5-player deal

Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole traded to Astros in 5-player deal

Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole traded to Astros in 5-player deal

Gerrit Cole's time with the Pittsburgh Pirates has come to an end.

The Astros have acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pirates after much speculation this past week. The Astros dealt from their deep reservoir of talent to acquire a starting pitcher with All-Star upside without giving up any players who project as major contributors to the 2018 team.

Cole, 27, can be a free agent after the 2019 season.

Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 33 starts in 2017.

Even with those lackluster stats last season, Cole is the kind of pitcher the Astros can afford to take a chance on. In other words: Best of luck, rest of the American League. While Charlie Morton, Lance McCullers Jr. and Brad Peacock all had varying degrees of success last season, the Astros could use a consistent third starter behind Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.

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Moran is a third baseman with some prospect pedigree, the sixth pick in 2013 by the Marlins out of North Carolina.

In 79 games last season at Triple-A Fresno, Moran hit.308 with a.916 OPS. Musgrove, Moran and Feliz have already appeared in the major leagues and should contribute in Pittsburgh nearly immediately. Moran was liked by the organization, but with their infield consisting of three perennial all-stars, there was room for him to be moved. This forced him onto the disabled list, and ultimately back into the minor leagues.

Feliz, 24, has a 5.13 ERA for his career working out of the bullpen while Musgrove, 25, was nothing more than a swingman in the Astros system. The stuff is there and it will now be his goal with his new team to keep the damage down. In 2017, he slashed.287/.354/.494 with 58 extra base-hits.

Prospect Jason Martin is also heading to Pittsburgh. The Pirates' haul is not the best on first glance, but if they are able to get the most out of the players they acquired, they could easily be the winners of this deal.

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