Source: Astros land Cole in trade with Pirates
Posted by Associated Press on 13th January 2018
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The World Series champion Houston Astros have acquired right-hander Gerrit Cole in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

In exchange, the Pirates will receive right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin, the source said.

Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196-to-55 strikeout-to-walk ratio while making a career-high 33 starts in 2017. The Pirates and their top starting pitcher had avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $6.75 million.

Cole has one year of arbitration remaining and could command a hefty salary bump in 2019, one of the reasons the Pirates had explored trading him in recent weeks.

The 27-year-old Cole owns a 3.50 ERA for his five-year career and was an All-Star in 2015.

News of the deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.