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


The Pirates confirmed in a release that Gerrit Cole was traded Saturday night.

Two other Astros players, Jason Martin and Michael Feliz, are expected to be involved in the deal as well, according to The Athletic.

"We don't focus too much on short-term performance", Houston General Manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters after the trade was announced. In 2017, meanwhile, he stayed healthy but was a mess on the mound, lit up to the tune of a 4.26 ERA and a full-season worst 101 ERA+. But he's about to get pricy (at least, for the thrifty Pirates): He'll make $6.75 million in 2018 after avoiding arbitration, and that figure will spike again in '19.

It took weeks of negotiations to complete, but the Astros acquired right-hander Gerrit Cole in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his career, he is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA.

Cole will join All-Stars Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander on a team that just won its first crown.

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In 79 games last season at Triple-A Fresno, Moran hit.308 with a.916 OPS. Those are arguably two of the top 10 or 15 prospects in the game and the Astros weren't to give up one of them for two years of Cole.

Cole was beleaguered by the home run ball in 2017, but there is every reason to believe that 2017 was an aberration.

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.

With 2015 No. 2 overall draft pick Alex Bregman representing the future at third base for the defending world champions, this trade should provide Moran a chance to blossom into a full-time major league player.

That doesn't necessarily mean this will end up as a huge win, nor does it mean that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't get enough in return. He's a giant, hard-throwing right-hander who posted an ugly 5.63 ERA in 48 bullpen innings in 2017. The 22-year-old was an eighth-round pick of the Astros in 2013.