Gerrit Cole Traded to Astros for Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, More

Posted January 15, 2018

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

The two teams had reportedly closed in on a deal earlier this week, but nothing materialized.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow even addressed the speculation.

On Friday, Cole and the Pirates agreed to a one-year contract worth $6.75 million to avoid arbitration.

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The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade.

He played in nine games for the Astros in 2016-and seven more last season-before suffering a freak injury when he fouled a ball off of his own face.

The 2015 campaign was far and away the best for Cole, who went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 2.66 FIP and 4.5 WAR, while striking out 202 hitters against 44 walks over a grand total of 32 starts. He went 3-for-11 in minimal major league action.

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

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Martin, 21, was an eighth-round draft pick by the Astros in 2013.

Musgrove started 15 games for the Astros last season and had a 4.77 ERA.

Houston will now feature a rotation with two Cy Young winners in Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel and a former top pick in Cole.

Moran will now get an opportunity to be the Pirates' starting third baseman, with David Freese sliding into a platoon role at third and first base. His career major league ERA of 4.52 is not eye-popping, but he was dominant in the minor leagues for the Astros across all levels.

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"We can grow with these players, and I will tell you right now this group of players is going to show up every day with the intent to win that night's game and look up in September and fight and do everything they can to put us in position to get there sooner than people think we can", Huntington said.