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Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole traded to Astros in 5-player deal

Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole traded to Astros in 5-player deal

Tim Brown, a writer for Yahoo Sports, reported that Cole was dealt to the Houston Astros for two players Saturday.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow even addressed the speculation.

Houston will send Pittsburgh a trio of players: pitcher Joe Musgrove, infielder Colin Moran, pitcher Michael Feliz and outfielder Jason Martin.

Moran, 25, has appeared in 16 games at the Major League Baseball level over the last two seasons.

Drafted sixth overall out of UNC back in 2013, Moran has spent the majority of his five professional seasons in the minor leagues, where he's compiled a.290 batting average with 48 home runs and 279 RBIs.

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The Yankees had expressed interest in Cole, who finished fourth in the 2015 National League Cy Young Award voting but struggled last season with a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts. Martin was originally an eighth-round pick by the Astros in the 2013 draft. He 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.

Over 127 starts for the Pirates, including three in the postseason, Cole went 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA.

The Astros, the reigning World Series champions, will add Cole to an already stacked rotation that features Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, Charlie Morton, Lance McCullers and Collin McHugh.

In 79 games last season at Triple-A Fresno, Moran hit.308 with a.916 OPS. Cole is 19-22 the last two years for the Pirates and while win-loss records for pitchers don't tell the entire story, his other periphel stars to.


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