Astros Acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates

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Astros Acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates

Reports circulated earlier this week that the Houston Astros were targeting a starting pitcher.

On Saturday night, the Pirates traded Cole to the Houston Astros for pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran, and outfield prospect Jason Martin.

Martin is a left-handed hitting outfielder selected in the eighth round of the 2013 draft. He had a breakout 2017 campaign in the minors, slashing.308/.373/.542 with 18 home runs in 73 games at Triple-A Fresno. Despite the off year, he was frequently mentioned in trade rumors this winter. He has a career 3.50 ERA in 127 starts with 734 strikeouts in 782⅓ innings in parts of five seasons. Feliz, a 25-year-old reliever, struck out 165 batters in 113 innings over the past two seasons. 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.

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros already had two Cy Young winners on their staff. With the Pirates, Cole had to be the ace and almost flawless every game to have a chance to get his team the win.

Gerrit Cole is one of the best, most talented pitchers in the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Astros likely were eager to get the deal done before those numbers were set. While he was by no means bad, (12-12, 4.26 ERA, 196 strikeouts) Cole will look to re-discover in Houston what made him an ace for the Pirates just a few seasons ago. He went 3-for-11 in minimal major league action. Most troublesome are the 31 home runs given up, which is more than the previous three years combined when he allowed a total of 29. Steven Brault or Tyler Glasnow could be in the No. 5 spot.

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