Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pirates trade Yankees' target Gerrit Cole to Astros

Pirates trade Yankees' target Gerrit Cole to Astros

Cole burst onto the scene in 2013, and proved to be a driving force on the team that finally broke the 20-year long losing streak. For several hours Wednesday, Twitter crackled with reports that a deal to send Cole to Houston was imminent. He has a 59-42 record with a 3.50 ERA in parts of five seasons with the Pirates.

Musgrove did appear in 38 games for the Astros last season, posting a 4.77 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 109.1 innings. The deal was announced Saturday, Jan. 13. Third baseman Moran, who can undoubtedly help carry some of the load for David Freese in light of the continued uncertainty regarding Jung Ho Kang, had a great year in the minors, Heyman said, before suffering a concussion after getting the call-up. Evans will push for Greubel Poser, a combination that earned the US a bronze medal at the Sochi Games four years ago. Moran hit 18 home runs and drove in 65 runs while sporting a.301 average.

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.

The Astros reportedly targeted Cole at the trade deadline last summer.

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Now, there's another intriguing arm in Cole added to the rotation. The reigning World Series champions have pitching depth that includes Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Charlie Morton, Brad Peacock, Collin McHugh and a slew of prospects.

After going 75-87 in 2017, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington made the call to deal Cole in an effort to bring in a strong package of talent for his team as it looks to avoid a significant drop-off when all those deals expire.

On his day, Cole could be a top 10 pitcher.

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).

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