Pirates trade RHP Cole to Astros

Reuters

A day after reaching a one-year agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates to avoid arbitration, right-hander Gerrit Cole was traded to the Houston Astros.

Houston sent right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin to Pittsburgh in the deal.

Trade speculation swirled around Cole earlier this week, with the Astros and New York Yankees rumored to have interest prior to the 27-year-old reaching a one-year, $6.75 million agreement with the Pirates.

Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 33 starts in 2017. He has a 59-42 record with a 3.50 ERA in parts of five seasons with the Pirates. The No. 1 overall choice in the 2011 draft finished fourth in the National League Cy Young balloting in 2015 when he went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA and made his lone All-Star team.

He has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining.

Musgrove, 25, went 7-8 with a 4.77 ERA in 38 games in 2017, his second major league season, splitting his year between the rotation and the bullpen.

Feliz, 24, went 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 46 relief appearances with the Astros last season, drawing his career numbers to 12-3 with a 5.13 ERA in parts of three seasons in Houston.

Moran, 25, went 4-for-11 with a homer and three RBIs in seven games for the Astros in 2017. He had his season interrupted due to facial fractures he sustained after getting hit in the face with a foul ball, missing two months.

Martin, 22, split his season between Class A Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi, hitting .278 with 18 home runs and 66 RBIs in 125 games.

--Field Level Media

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