The World Series champion Astros added a piece to their starting pitching rotation on Saturday, as Houston agreed to acquire Gerrit Cole from the Pirates in exchange for a package including Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran.
CONFIRMED: The Pirates have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Michael Feliz, outfielder Jason Martin, third baseman Colin Moran and right-handed starting pitcher Joe Musgrove from the Houston Astros in exchange for Gerrit Cole. pic.twitter.com/iPhCMXQSI7— Pirates (@Pirates) January 14, 2018
FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman first reported the details of the deal.
Cole, 27 was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 2017. It was the highest ERA of his four-year career, and Cole went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA en route to becoming an All-Star in 2015.
Musgrove started 15 games for the Astros last season and had a 4.77 ERA. He made seven appearances in relief in the postseason and picked up the win in Game 5 of the World Series after throwing one scoreless inning.
Moran, a 25-year-old third baseman, has appeared in just 16 major league games.
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 .
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