Hearing Pirates and Astros have a trade. Sources say Musgrove and Moran to Pitt for Gerrit Cole.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 13, 2018
The Astros will be sending four players RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin.
Cole, 27, the first-overall pick by the Pirates in 2011 out of UCLA. He is coming off an average season with a 12-12 record and 4.26 ERA in 2017. Cole was an all-star in 2015 with a 19-8 record and a 2.60 ERA. He was the Pirates’ National League Wild Card Game starter against the Cubs in 2015.
Musgrove is the biggest name from the Astros. Musgrove, 25, was 7-8 with a 4.77 ERA in 38 games (15 starts). The righty took on the load to help the bullpen in the playoffs. He was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in four games.