Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole in trade with Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pittsburgh traded the pitcher to the Astros on Saturday in return for a package centered around Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran, according to Yahoo Sports.

Gerrit Cole is finally headed out of Pittsburgh, but he isn't bound for The Bronx. "We are very appreciative for what Gerrit has done for our team and organization, especially his important role on the 2013-15 playoff teams", Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a release. He made $3.75 million in 2017 and avoided salary arbitration on Friday with a $6.75 million deal for 2018. In 2015, he finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting.

This is a win for the Astros and for Cole and a clear sign the Pirates are beginning to rebuild.

Cole's ERA was 3.88 in 2016 and 4.26 last year, the two highest marks of his career for the 26-year-old right-hander.

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.

Musgrove did appear in 38 games for the Astros last season, posting a 4.77 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 109.1 innings.

The sixth overall pick of the 2013 draft, Moran went 4-for-11 with a triple, home run and three RBIs in seven games for the Astros in 2017.

Martin, 22, split his season between Class A Buies Creek (46g) and Double A Corpus Christi (79g) hitting.278 (132x474) with 18 home runs and 66 RBI in 125 games. Moran would last be listed as a Top 100 prospect ahead of the 2014 season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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