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Astros officially acquire Gerrit Cole

Astros officially acquire Gerrit Cole”

According to the release, the Pirates got back four players in the trade - relief pitcher Michael Feliz, outfielder Jason Martin, third baseman Colin Moran, and starting pitcher Joe Musgrove.

The deal was announced Saturday.

Cole should immediately slot into the Astros rotation alongside Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and World Series hero Charlie Morton.

Despite making a career-high 33 starts in 2017, Cole posted his worst ERA (4.26), worst home run rate (1.4 per nine innings) and second-most hits allowed per nine innings (8.8).

"Gerrit Cole has a long track record of elite performance".

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.

According to multiple reports, the Pirates and Yankees were close to a deal last month, however, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN said NY was unwilling to part with any of its top prospects: Gleyber Torres, Estevan Florial, Miguel Adujar and Justus Sheffield. 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.

The Cardinals were among the other teams known to have had interest in signing Reed.

All of this led to Schugel owning a 3.19 ERA, a 3.79 FIP, and a fWAR of 0.7 the past two seasons. "But as we looked at how we position ourselves to be better as an organization, we felt this was the right move to get these three players that are major-league ready with 15 years of potential contribution combined versus the two Gerrit had remaining". The 25-year-old is a career.290 hitter in the minor leagues since Miami selected him in the first round of the 2013 draft. acquired the third baseman in a deal for pitcher Jarred Cosart and infielder Enrique Hernandez in 2014, and took a step forward last season by hitting 18 home runs for Triple-A Fresno.

On Friday, and the Pirates reached agreement on a one-year contract worth $6.75 million.



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